|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 |
scenic device used in medieval theatrical staging. Individual mansions represented different locales in biblical stories and in scenes from the life of Christ as performed in churches. A mansion consisted of a small booth containing a stage with corner posts supporting a canopy and decorated curtains and often a chair and props to be used by the actors in that scene. Mansions were usually arranged elliptically in the nave of the church. Appropriate architectural features of the church were also used as mansions: the crypt served as the tomb of Christ or as hell and the choir loft was frequently used as heaven.
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