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Definition an impressive building in which one or more corpses are entombed

More rarely, a mausoleum can reference any large, depressing room or building.
  • The Taj Mahal is the world's most famous mausoleum.
  • the mausoleum where Elvis Presley is buried
  • But I must say Providence was kind enough to burn down that old mausoleum of mine, I'm too old to keep it up—maybe you're right, Jean Louise, this is a settled neighborhood.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • mausoleum = an impressive building in which one or more corpses are entombed
  • Inside, it's still as a mausoleum—although unlike in a mausoleum, golden light filters in through mullion-paned windows high up along the walls.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • It was like a message from the night of the grave; for this man's body had become his mausoleum.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He was interred in a mausoleum in Manchester.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The driver takes a turn, and they pass a cemetery with a weather-worn mausoleum in the center of it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Around them, Max could see the scattered mausoleums and tombs of the dead from ages past.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • [2] Of bronze, that came from the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and in Dante's time stood in the fore-court of St. Peter's, and is now in the Vatican gardens.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Westminster Abbey was a tangled warren of mausoleums, perimeter chambers, and walk-in burial niches.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I entered the mausoleum, following all the other tourists in single file.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • The wind chills me although the sunlight is warm enough as it glints off the flawless white stone of the silent mausoleum.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The colossal subterranean hollow was filled with crumbling mausoleums, like small houses on the floor of a cave.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It reminded me of an oversized mausoleum, with walls fifty feet high.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Crosses-large, larger, mausoleums ... and statuary everywhere.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The vast house was like a mausoleum — . without a single sign of life inside its vaulted rooms.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • We needed to visit the mausoleum of our founder and great leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I've been knocking around in this mausoleum long enough."
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • It must be a certainty, because it is so elegantly embalmed in this marble mausoleum of language.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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