mansion

A mansion is a huge, fancy house. Some mansions are eventually turned into museums where you can get a look at an old wealthy family's art and furniture collections.

It takes a lot of money and a staff of workers to live in and take care of a mansion. Historically, post-fifteenth century European noblemen lived in mansions that became the typical style of home for aristocrats who no longer required the safety of fortified castles. The word mansion comes from the Latin root mansionem, "a staying or a remaining," from the stem manere, "to stay."

Definitions of mansion
  1. noun
    a large and imposing house
    synonyms: hall, manse, mansion house, residence
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    examples:
    Buckingham Palace
    the London residence of the British sovereign
    types:
    manor, manor house
    the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
    castle, palace
    a large and stately mansion
    stately home
    a mansion that is (or formerly was) occupied by an aristocratic family
    type of:
    house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
  2. noun
    (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
    synonyms: house, planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign
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    Aries the Ram
    the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
    Taurus the Bull
    the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
    Gemini the Twins
    the third sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about May 21 to June 20
    Cancer the Crab
    the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
    Leo the Lion
    the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
    Virgo the Virgin
    the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22
    Libra the Balance
    the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
    Scorpio the Scorpion
    the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21
    Sagittarius the Archer
    the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21
    Capricorn the Goat
    the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
    Aquarius the Water Bearer
    the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18
    Pisces the Fishes
    the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
    type of:
    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
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