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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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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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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Stratford, a mansion with extensive gardens that was the second-largest house
  in his home town.
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.
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