Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

[tahzh muh-hahl, tahj]
noun
a white marble mausoleum built at Agra, India, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (fl. 1628–58) for his favorite wife.

Origin:
< Arabic and Persian: literally, ‘crown palace’ or ‘crown place’; see taj; mahal

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Taj Mahal (ˈtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl)
 
n
a white marble mausoleum in central India, in Agra on the Jumna River: built (1632--43) by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal; regarded as the finest example of Mogul architecture
 
[Urdu, literally: crown of buildings]

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Taj Mahal
mausoleum at Agra, India, built c.1640 by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, from Pers., lit. "the best of buildings;" second element related to Arabic halla "to lodge." But some authorities hold that the name of the mausoleum is a corruption of the name of the woman interred in it, Mumtaz (in Pers.,
lit. "chosen one") Mahal, who died in 1631. Fig. use as a name denoting anything surpassing or excellent is attested from 1895.
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Taj Mahal [(tahzh, tahj muh-hahl)]

A marble mausoleum in India, built in the seventeenth century by a king for his wife. The Taj Mahal usually appears on lists of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

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