mansion

Definitions

  • A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676
    A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mansion a large and imposing house
    • n mansion (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ANDREW OLIVER MANSION ANDREW OLIVER MANSION
THOMAS OLIVER AND JOHN VASSALL MANSION THOMAS OLIVER AND JOHN VASSALL MANSION
THE PEPPERELL MANSION THE PEPPERELL MANSION
KING HOOPER MANSION KING HOOPER MANSION
COLONEL JOHN VASSELL'S MANSION COLONEL JOHN VASSELL'S MANSION
GENERAL ISAAC ROYALL'S MANSION GENERAL ISAAC ROYALL'S MANSION
LEONARD VASSALL AND FREDERICK W. GEYER MANSION LEONARD VASSALL AND FREDERICK W. GEYER MANSION

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jayne Mansfield decorated her "Pink Palace" by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
    • Mansion A dwelling place, -- whether a part or whole of a house or other shelter. "In my Father's house are many mansions .""These poets near our princes sleep,
      And in one grave their mansions keep."
    • Mansion (Astrol) A twelfth part of the heavens; a house. See 1st House, 8.
    • Mansion The house of the lord of a manor; a manor house; hence: Any house of considerable size or pretension.
    • Mansion The place in the heavens occupied each day by the moon in its monthly revolution. "The eight and twenty mansions That longen to the moon ."
    • v. i Mansion To dwell; to reside.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mansion A tarrying-place; a station.—2. A dwelling; any place of fixed residence or repose.
    • n mansion A dwelling-house of the better class; a large or stately residence; especially, the house of the lord of a manor; a manor-house.
    • n mansion In Oriental and medieval astronomy, one of twenty-eight parts into which the zodiac is divided; a lunar mansion (which see, under lunar).
    • n mansion In astrology, the sign in which the sun or any planet has its special residence; a house.
    • mansion To tarry; dwell; reside.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mansion man′shun a house, esp. one of some size: a manor-house: the dwelling of a nobleman or a landholder:
    • n Mansion man′shun (B.) a resting-place
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Quotations

  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Why so large a cost, having so short a lease, does thou upon your fading mansion spend?”
  • James A. Michener
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    “If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.”
  • Nicholas Hilliard
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    “A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.”
  • William Butler Yeats
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    “The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. mansion, F. maison, fr. L. mansio, a staying, remaining, a dwelling, habitation, fr. manere, mansum, to stay, dwell; akin to Gr. . Cf. Manse Manor Menagerie Menial Permanent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. mansion-emmanēre, mansus, to remain.

Usage

In literature:

The very next afternoon Tode was sent on an errand to the Hastings mansion.
"Three People" by Pansy
The Everton range looked very pretty from the Kirkdale-road, especially when handsome mansions began to dot its crest.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
Along the margin of these eminences were some fine old suburban mansions.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
He saw the door of a tall old mansion before him.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Mrs. Burke, previous to her death, sold the mansion to her neighbor, Mr. John Du Pre, of Wilton Park.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
The last chapter left the reader in the door-way of the Colonel's mansion.
"Among the Pines" by James R. Gilmore
The senora walked proudly back to the mansion whence she had come, her countenance radiant with joyful anticipation.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
William W. Kolderup had returned to his mansion in Montgomery Street.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Is there any road, Miss Morgan, across these fields to your guardian's mansion?
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
She reached Krooman Mansions just as the doctor was coming out, and he looked at her in surprise.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
His former knowledge, when young, of his ancestors' mansion at Clegg Hall suggested the fitness of this spot for their establishment.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The mansion home of the Belthorpes stood near the road, with the plantation extending to both sides and to the rear.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
No less than three mansions stood here in the times of the later Stuarts.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
We then returned the same way to the Mansion House.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
She had always understood that the Starkweather mansion was in one of the oldest and most respectable parts of New York.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
About 1800 Mr. Laird moved into his own new mansion.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
A site was marked out whereon to erect their family mansion.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
It was a long way off, since we lodged in the Rue de Clery, opposite the Lubert mansion.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Mrs. Blennerhasset at once invited me to join with her and Alisanda in an inspection of the mansion.
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet
THE MANSION OF A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
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In poetry:

She told me half that I have told,
And she remembers well
The mansion as it looked of old
Before its glories fell;—­
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Poor sinner! love His holy name,
And when this world shall pass in flame
A heavenly mansion thou mayst claim,
To dwell with God.
"There Is A God" by James Avis Bartley
O Son of the Father Eternal,
Once with us, a Friend and a Guest,
Abide in Thine own human mansion,
Its Joy and its Hope and its Rest!
"Indwelling" by Lucy Larcom
They multiply above,
Making the mansions that our Lord prepared
And promised His redeemed, more beautiful
To us, the wayside pilgrims.
"Mrs. Frederick Tyler," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Art thou not bid to knightly halls?
Those halls have missed a courtly guest:
That mansion is not privileged
Which is not open to the best.
"The Nobly Born" by James Russell Lowell
Long then with rapid flight to move
To the bright mansions of the blest,
Where thy Redeemer dwells above,
And has prepar'd his nuptial feast.
"A Comfortable Conference Between A Pious Sick Man And His Soul, Against The Fear Of Death" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Chopper 6 HD was over a fire that was consuming a mansion in Radnor Twp.
At about 10 am on Nov 14, a federal SWAT team swarmed the 10,000-square foot, $3 million Isleworth mansion of Jesse Issa Maali, a 57-year-old, Palestinian-born entrepreneur who made a fortune selling T-shirts to tourists on I-Drive.
The LOST crew on location at the Kahala mansion.
Biddle Shipman Mansion Hits the Market.
Spa at Mansion House hosts grand opening celebration.
A 1,400 Percent Markup at Lucille Roberts' Woolworth Mansion.
If the mansions of Aby Rosen or J.
Martha's Vineyard: What the mansions cost.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery is hosting their 2nd annual Venetian Masquerade Ball on Saturday night at Mansion Royal.
Where Rustic Meets Modern, Historic Merestead Mansion Tour, 35th Annual Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, and Winterize Your House Workshop.
Magnificent Mansion In Old Metairie .
Bronfman Socked on Muppet Mansion by Murdoch Minion .
A $19.5 Million Mansion in Vermilion, More on the Buckeye Scandal at a Cleveland Charity, No Flash Mob Law in Elyria, and More Masturbating Deputy News.
The agents selling this 35,000-square-foot mansion in Bethesda claim it's the biggest house in Montgomery County.
In the back room of a mansion, a Pepto Bismol-swigging investigative reporter complains to his artist buddy that he hates parties, like the one still raging outside that he has fled.
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