Definition of mansion in English:



  • 1A large, impressive house.

    • ‘The houses weren't mansions, but they were nice enough.’
    • ‘I remember passing by houses, and semi mansions with their own botanical gardens and Olympic coliseums.’
    • ‘Building size varied from one-floor shack houses, two-story mansions, and multilevel apartment and office buildings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He lived up in the hills where the houses turned into mansions.’
    • ‘Picture their multi-multimillion-dollar mansions and chateaus.’
    • ‘There are two evocative groups of surviving mansions and period houses on Fifth Avenue, each worth a fresh look on summer stroll.’
    • ‘Garezarde is the name of the palace and our few mansions and servant houses that surround it.’
    • ‘Old maps show that there were once some impressive 17th century mansions, particularly on the north side near the top of Dawson Street.’
    • ‘Simple shotgun houses to magnificent mansions will be showcased in this exhibition detailing New Orlean's vivid architectural past.’
    • ‘The front door of the mansion slammed hard, hard enough to be heard through the entire building.’
    • ‘Spanish colonial mansions, cathedrals, churches, and houses adorn the streets of both cities.’
    • ‘The houses all looked like mansions in my opinion.’
    • ‘Looking around me, the houses are massive mansions, some the size of boarding school.’
    • ‘It wasn't a mansion just a small house, Granny even said something about a pool.’
    • ‘By now, Michelle had miraculously gained entry and was driven to the front porch of the mansion.’
    • ‘She had never seen such beautiful homes that were rather mansions than mere houses.’
    • ‘She happily green-lighted zoning changes to allow a few small cottages to be demolished and replaced by impressive mansions.’
    residence, hall, abode, stately home, seat, manor, manor house, country house, villa, castle
    château, manoir
    palace, pile
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    1. 1.1British A large block of flats.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2[in 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.