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pagoda

[puh-goh-duh] /pəˈgoʊ də/
noun
1.
(in India, Burma, China, etc.) a temple or sacred building, usually a pyramidlike tower and typically having upward-curving roofs over the individual stories.
2.
any of several former gold or silver coins of southern India, usually bearing a figure of such a temple, first issued in the late 16th century and later also by British, French, and Dutch traders.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Portuguese pagode temple ≪ Persian butkada (but idol + kada temple, dwelling)
Related forms
pagodalike, adjective
subpagoda, noun
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  • Visitors may wish to pray, but may also enjoy the ornate pagoda-style architecture of the structures.
  • Strap on a life jacket and head outside to the water slides, or relax in a hot tub under a snow-covered pagoda.
  • She explained that they would be mounted to the pagoda using wire and staples.
  • Elliott said that the statues under the pagoda would represent zodiac symbols.
British Dictionary definitions for pagoda

pagoda

/pəˈɡəʊdə/
noun
1.
an Indian or Far Eastern temple, esp a tower, usually pyramidal and having many storeys
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese pagode, ultimately from Sanskrit bhagavatī divine
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Word Origin and History for pagoda
n.

1580s, pagode (modern form from 1630s), from Portuguese pagode (early 16c.), perhaps from a corruption of Persian butkada, from but "idol" + kada "dwelling." Or perhaps from or influenced by Tamil pagavadi "house belonging to a deity," from Sanskrit bhagavati "goddess," fem. of bhagavat "blessed, adorable," from *bhagah "good fortune," from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion" (cf. Greek phagein "to eat;" see -phagous).

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pagoda in Culture

pagoda definition


A tower with several different stories, each of which has its own roof. Pagodas are common in eastern Asia and originally served religious purposes as memorials or shrines.

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