mausoleum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mausoleum a large burial chamber, usually above ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven wonders of the ancient world werethe Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honored the sun god Helios, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Lighthouse at Alexandria
    • n Mausoleum A magnificent tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mausoleum [capitalized] In Gr. archæol., a very large and magnificent edifice adorned with sculpture, built by Queen Artemisia of Caria as the tomb of her husband, King Mausolus, at Halicarnassus, about 350 b. c., ranking as one of the seven wonders of the world.
    • n mausoleum Any splendid tomb; a grand or stately sepulchral monument or edifice, now usually designed to contain a number of tombs: as, the mausoleum of a royal family.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mausoleum maw-so-lē′um a magnificent tomb or monument
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mausoleum, Gr. , fr. Mausolus, king of Caria, to whom Artemisia, his widow, erected a stately monument, one of the wonders of the ancient world
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr., Mausōleion, from Mausolus, king of Caria, to whom his widow, Artemisia, erected a splendid tomb about 350 B.C.

Usage

In literature:

The mill remained mute as a mausoleum.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The only thing he could think of was that he wanted to enter a mausoleum not as a prisoner, but as the head of an army.
"The Happy Man" by Gerald Wilburn Page
Yet not a bone or any other human remains were found in the mausoleum.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
Where one officer had fallen his men had built to his memory a mausoleum.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Their marble mausoleum in the church was destroyed during the French Revolution.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Over the great gate through which the mausoleum was entered were three heads sculptured in stone.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
In the square where they intersected stood the mausoleum in which rested the body of Alexander.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Now another staircase, leading to a circular platform in white marble, in the middle of which rises the grand mausoleum.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
His body was placed in the mausoleum of the first Stovik, his ancestor.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
He then made another pilgrimage on foot to the mausoleum of the saint on the Ajmere hill.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
I am so sick of all these public mausoleums for youth!
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
At the foot of the apside, behind the choir, is a mausoleum erected in the seventeenth century for the elector, John Wilhelm, who died in 1690.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Ulysses S. Grant's tomb is the finest mausoleum in America, and for beauty and majesty of situation one of the finest in the world.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
But the other six had served under me at the Mausoleum.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
The mausoleum of Sultan Bergook is a triumph of Saracenic architecture.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Twenty thousand workmen were engaged for twenty-two years in erecting this mausoleum.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
Mausoleums were evidently not the architect's strong point; and when he came to the interior he was at his worst.
"The Man with a Shadow" by George Manville Fenn
I'll keep out the one hanging over the lounge and maybe another back somewhere in that mausoleum of a closet.
"The Wood Fire in No. 3" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Probably she's a little transatlantic weakness for embalmers and mausoleums.
"The Gateless Barrier" by Lucas Malet
Not far from Lelant is Worwas Hill, on which a certain John Knill erected a mausoleum.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
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In poetry:

"With me, sir, you shall be interred,
A mausoleum grand awaits me."
"Oh, pray don't say another word,
I'm sure that more than compensates me.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now she is flying
More terrible than she ever was, red
Scar in the sky, red comet
Over the engine that killed her ——
The mausoleum, the wax house.
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
How instructive this is!
The dumb, banded bodies
Walking the plank draped with Mother France's upholstery
Into a new mausoleum,
An ivory palace, a crotch pine.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
For those this mausoleum is erected
Who Stanford to the Upper House elected.
Their luck is less or their promotion slower,
For, dead, they were elected to the Lower.
"A Wreath Of Immortelles" by Ambrose Bierce
And as the procession moved on to the royal mausoleum,
The spectators remained bareheaded and seemingly quite dumb;
And as the coffin was borne into its last resting-place,
Sorrow seemed depicted in each one's face.
"The Funeral of the German Emperor" by William Topaz McGonagall
And your first gift is making stone out of everything.
I wake to a mausoleum; you are here,
Ticking your fingers on the marble table, looking for cigarettes,
Spiteful as a woman, but not so nervous,
And dying to say something unanswerable.
"The Rival" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Why the big mausoleum , Mr Chavez.
Hugo Chavez commissioned a massive mausoleum for independence fighter Simon Bolivar.
Hugo Chavez had a mausoleum built to host the remains of Latin American independence hero Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.
Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger A stained glass depiction of St Anna adorns the east side of the Maryrest Mausoleum .
A 10-foot cross that was once displayed in St Leo's Church now hangs on a mausoleum in the cemetery facing Montmorenci Road.
Most everything I'd ever want to know about Morenci's mausoleum is included in a front page story from the Observer dated Aug 14, 1908.
Mausoleum proposed to attract those who prefer not to be buried.
Clayton Lietz said the Marco Island mausoleum will be similar to the one in Naples Memorial Cemetery, but hopefully less expensive to purchase a space.
Mausoleum may be way to go.
Once a year, on Memorial Day, the public is invited to view Portland Memorial Mausoleum 's historic Rae Room, the opulent tomb of George Rae, once one of Oregon's wealthiest men, and his second wife, Elizabeth.
CLEVELAND — The mausoleum in the cemetery of Third Creek Presbyterian Church is the center of some controversy.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Jim Thorpe Olympians Track Team and Native Americans celebrated Jim Thorpe's Birthday in front of Jim Thorpe's mausoleum in 2008.
It's designed a mausoleum, a Swedish-American cultural center, and the sleek headquarters of General Mills.
Mali Islamists vow to destroy 'every mausoleum' in Timbuktu .
Aung San Suu Kyi seen at the mausoleum of her father, independence hero Gen Aung San, in Yangon on Tuesday.
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