Definition of pagoda in English:

pagoda

Syllabification: pa·go·da
Pronunciation: /pəˈɡōdə
 
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noun

1A Hindu or Buddhist temple or sacred building, typically a many-tiered tower, in India and East Asia.
More example sentences
  • Buddhist temples incorporate pagodas, a design which came from India around the first century C.E. (the time when the religion made its way to China).
  • Hirayama's paintings are based on religious themes; most of these are representations of mosques, pagodas, Buddhist temples and Bodhisattvas.
  • Outstanding examples of Korean architecture can be seen in historic palaces and Buddhist temples and pagodas.
1.1An ornamental imitation of this.
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  • The site featured an orangery (precursor to the modern greenhouse), a pagoda, and an archway designed by the architect Sir William Chambers.
  • They display books on pavements, near schools, and bus stations, even pagodas, cafe bars and restaurants.
  • The design of a redwood shade shelter can vary from a lattice trellis to a post, beam and rafter construction or the more elaborate angles of a pagoda or gazebo-style shelter.

Origin

late 16th century: from Portuguese pagode, perhaps based on Persian butkada 'temple of idols', influenced by Prakrit bhagodī 'divine'.

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