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A Victorian mansion in Eureka, CA.

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From Middle English mansioun, borrowed from Anglo-Norman mansion, mansiun, from Latin mansiō (dwelling, stopping-place), from the past participle stem of manēre (stay).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmæn.ʃən/, /ˈmæn.t͡ʃən/
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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. (Hong Kong, only used in names) An apartment building.
  4. (obsolete) A house provided for a clergyman; a manse.
  5. (obsolete) A stopping-place during a journey; a stage.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. []. Chapter V.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: [] Hen[ry] Brome [], →OCLC; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, →OCLC, page 192:
      According to that Cabaliſticall Dogma: If Abram had not had this Letter [i.e., ה(he)] added unto his Name he had remained fruitleſſe, and without the power of generation: [] So that being ſterill before, he received the power of generation from that meaſure and manſion in the Archetype; and was made conformable unto Binah.
  6. (historical) An astrological house; a station of the moon.
  7. (Chinese astronomy) One of twenty-eight sections of the sky.
  8. (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, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, John XIV:2:
      In my Father's house are many mansions [translating μοναὶ (monaì)]: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    • 1667, John Denham, On Mr Abraham Cowley, his Death, and Burial amongst the Ancient Poets:
      These poets near our princes sleep, / And in one grave their mansion keep.
    • 2003, The Economist, (subtitle), 18 Dec 2003:
      The many mansions in one east London house of God.
  9. Any of the branches of the Rastafari movement.

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  • Japanese: マンション (manshon)





Learned borrowing from Latin mansiō. Doublet of maison.



mansion f (plural mansions)

  1. (astronomy) mansion

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  1. Alternative form of mansioun