One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large, impressive house.
residence, hall, abode, stately home, seat, manor, manor house, country house, villa, castleView synonyms
- ‘By now, Michelle had miraculously gained entry and was driven to the front porch of the mansion.’
- ‘Maya's house was a mansion of sorts with a large garden sandwiched between the main iron gate and a porch that led to the door.’
- ‘Looking around me, the houses are massive mansions, some the size of boarding school.’
- ‘The houses weren't mansions, but they were nice enough.’
- ‘I mean, sure the houses are practically mansions and most if not all have ocean views, my dad even owns a part of the beach.’
- ‘Picture their multi-multimillion-dollar mansions and chateaus.’
- ‘Old maps show that there were once some impressive 17th century mansions, particularly on the north side near the top of Dawson Street.’
- ‘She happily green-lighted zoning changes to allow a few small cottages to be demolished and replaced by impressive mansions.’
- ‘There are two evocative groups of surviving mansions and period houses on Fifth Avenue, each worth a fresh look on summer stroll.’
- ‘He lived up in the hills where the houses turned into mansions.’
- ‘Spanish colonial mansions, cathedrals, churches, and houses adorn the streets of both cities.’
- ‘Garezarde is the name of the palace and our few mansions and servant houses that surround it.’
- ‘The houses all looked like mansions in my opinion.’
- ‘Building size varied from one-floor shack houses, two-story mansions, and multilevel apartment and office buildings.’
- ‘She had never seen such beautiful homes that were rather mansions than mere houses.’
- ‘The front door of the mansion slammed hard, hard enough to be heard through the entire building.’
- ‘I remember passing by houses, and semi mansions with their own botanical gardens and Olympic coliseums.’
- ‘Simple shotgun houses to magnificent mansions will be showcased in this exhibition detailing New Orlean's vivid architectural past.’
- ‘It wasn't a mansion just a small house, Granny even said something about a pool.’
- ‘As competition for the most impressive summer house flourished, huge mansions took shape among the hills.’
- 1.1British A large block of flats.
- ‘The worst case I have heard of is at a council-owned mansion block in Camden, where leaseholders were asked to pay £200,000 for repairs.’
- ‘In September we found ourselves owners of a Victorian, former Duchy of Cornwall flat in a mansion block on a 90-year lease with a secluded garden.’
- ‘The street in which the accident happened, Holland Park, is lined with luxury mansion blocks with well-tended gardens.’
- ‘Mixed in with the towering mansion blocks are a veritable bevy of posh cafés and delicatessens with plenty of pavement for sitting outside even in these autumn months.’
- ‘Towards the end of his life he was living in a dilapidated four-bedroom flat in a 1930s mansion block in north London; he would often take his meals at a cafe in Willesden.’
- 1.2in names A terrace or mansion block.‘Carlyle Mansions’
- ‘It was used to send water from a spring near Haynes mansion into the roof of the building before it was dismantled and brought to Bedford.’
- ‘Developers have come under fire as it became clear that an empty Ulverston mansion has become a vandals' playground.’
- ‘The centre will be developed at Home Farm, next to St Ives mansion, and work is expected to begin in the next few weeks.’
Late Middle English (denoting the chief residence of a lord): via Old French from Latin mansio(n-) ‘place where someone stays’, from manere ‘remain’.
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