Definition of pagoda in English:


Line breaks: pa¦goda
Pronunciation: /pəˈgəʊdə


  • 1(In India and East Asia) a Hindu or Buddhist temple, typically in the form of a many-tiered tower.
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    • 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 a Hindu or Buddhist pagoda.
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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.


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

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