Share this entry

Share this page

Taj Mahal

Syllabification: Taj Ma·hal
Pronunciation: /ˈtäZH məˈhäl, ˈtäj
 
/

Definition of Taj Mahal in English:

A mausoleum at Agra, India, built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (1592–1666) in memory of his favorite wife, completed circa 1649. Set in formal gardens, the domed building in white marble is reflected in a pool flanked by cypresses.

Origin

perhaps a corruption of Persian Mumtaz Mahal, from mumtāz 'chosen one' (the title of the wife of Shah Jahan) and mahal 'abode'.

Definition of Taj Mahal in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs