a very large, impressive, or stately residence.
Often, mansions. British. a large building with many apartments; apartment house.
Oriental and Medieval Astronomy. each of 28 divisions of the ecliptic occupied by the moon on successive days.
Archaic. an abode or dwelling place.

1325–75; Middle English < Latin mānsiōn- (stem of mānsiō) an abiding, abode. See manse, -ion Unabridged
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mansion (ˈmænʃən)
1.  Also called: mansion house a large and imposing house
2.  a less common word for manor house
3.  archaic any residence
4.  (Brit) (plural) a block of flats
5.  astrology any of 28 divisions of the zodiac each occupied on successive days by the moon
[C14: via Old French from Latin mansio a remaining, from mansus; see manse]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "the chief residence of a lord," from O.Fr. mansion, from L. mansionem (nom. mansio) "a staying, a remaining, night quarters, station," from manere "to stay, abide," from PIE *men- "to remain, wait for" (cf. Gk. menein "to remain," Pers. mandan "to remain"). Sense of "any large and stately
house" is from 1510s.
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Example sentences for Mansions
Strangely enough, many of those stately mansions are now funeral parlors.
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