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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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin mānsiōn- (stem of mānsiō) an abiding, abode. See manse, -ion
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  • Stratford, a mansion with extensive gardens that was the second-largest house in his home town.
  • The admissions office is in a converted mansion, and its lobby is decorated with large photographs of students at work and play.
  • The mansion was used for administrative offices and priests' quarters, and a small convent and chapel were built on the grounds.
  • They aren't using it to buy themselves mansion houses.
  • He declined the governor's mansion and slept on a mattress in a rented flat.
  • The home has been turned into a private, members-only party mansion.
  • For many years, the old mansion served happily as a visitors' center, museum and inn.
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  • In order to meet the residency requirement during the election, he had to forsake his country mansion for a downtown flat.
  • My path of corpses eventually led to an old mansion.
British Dictionary definitions for mansion

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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Encyclopedia Article for mansion

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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