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
- ‘As competition for the most impressive summer house flourished, huge mansions took shape among the hills.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By now, Michelle had miraculously gained entry and was driven to the front porch of the mansion.’
- ‘The houses weren't mansions, but they were nice enough.’
- ‘It wasn't a mansion just a small house, Granny even said something about a pool.’
- ‘He lived up in the hills where the houses turned into mansions.’
- ‘Garezarde is the name of the palace and our few mansions and servant houses that surround it.’
- ‘I remember passing by houses, and semi mansions with their own botanical gardens and Olympic coliseums.’
- ‘She had never seen such beautiful homes that were rather mansions than mere houses.’
- ‘There are two evocative groups of surviving mansions and period houses on Fifth Avenue, each worth a fresh look on summer stroll.’
- ‘Simple shotgun houses to magnificent mansions will be showcased in this exhibition detailing New Orlean's vivid architectural past.’
- ‘Picture their multi-multimillion-dollar mansions and chateaus.’
- ‘Looking around me, the houses are massive mansions, some the size of boarding school.’
- ‘Old maps show that there were once some impressive 17th century mansions, particularly on the north side near the top of Dawson Street.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Spanish colonial mansions, cathedrals, churches, and houses adorn the streets of both cities.’
- ‘She happily green-lighted zoning changes to allow a few small cottages to be demolished and replaced by impressive mansions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The front door of the mansion slammed hard, hard enough to be heard through the entire building.’
- 1.1British A large block of flats.
- ‘The street in which the accident happened, Holland Park, is lined with luxury mansion blocks with well-tended gardens.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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