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mansion

[man-shuh n] /ˈmæn ʃən/
noun
1.
a very large, impressive, or stately residence.
3.
Often, mansions. British. a large building with many apartments; apartment house.
4.
Oriental and Medieval Astronomy. each of 28 divisions of the ecliptic occupied by the moon on successive days.
5.
Archaic. an abode or dwelling place.
Origin of mansion
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin mānsiōn- (stem of mānsiō) an abiding, abode. See manse, -ion
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mansion

/ˈmænʃən/
noun
1.
Also called mansion house. a large and imposing house
2.
a less common word for manor house
3.
(archaic) any residence
4.
(Brit) (pl) a block of flats
5.
(astrology) any of 28 divisions of the zodiac each occupied on successive days by the moon
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin mansio a remaining, from mansus; see manse
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Word Origin and History for mansion
n.

mid-14c., "chief residence of a lord," from Old French mansion "stay, permanent abode, house, habitation, home; mansion; state, situation" (13c.), from Latin mansionem (nominative mansio) "a staying, a remaining, night quarters, station," noun of action from past participle stem of manere "to stay, abide," from PIE *men- "to remain, wait for" (cf. Greek menein "to remain," Persian mandan "to remain"). Sense of "any large and stately house" is from 1510s. The word also was used in Middle English as "a stop or stage of a journey," hence probably astrological sense "temporary home" (late 14c.).

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