mansion

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A Victorian mansion in Eureka, CA.

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Anglo-Norman, from Latin mansiō (dwelling, stopping-place), from the past participle stem of manēre (stay).

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mansion (plural mansions)

  1. ​ A large house or building, usually built for the wealthy.
  2. (UK) A luxurious flat (apartment).
  3. (obsolete) A house provided for a clergyman; a manse.
  4. (obsolete) A stopping-place during a journey; a stage.
  5. (historical) An astrological house; a station of the moon.
    • Late 14th century: Which book spak muchel of the operaciouns / Touchynge the eighte and twenty mansiouns / That longen to the moone — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  6. (Chinese astronomy) One of twenty-eight sections of the sky.
  7. (chiefly in the plural) An individual habitation or apartment within a large house or group of buildings. (Now chiefly in allusion to John 14:2.)
    • 1611, Bible, Authorized (King James) Version, John XIV.2:
      In my Father's house are many mansions [transl. μοναὶ (monaì)]: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    • Denham
      These poets near our princes sleep, / And in one grave their mansions keep.
    • 2003, The Economist, (subtitle), 18 Dec 2003:
      The many mansions in one east London house of God.
  8. Any of the branches of the Rastafari movement.

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