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[puh-goh-duh] /pəˈgoʊ də/
(in India, Burma, China, etc.) a temple or sacred building, usually a pyramidlike tower and typically having upward-curving roofs over the individual stories.
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 of pagoda
1625-35; < Portuguese pagode temple ≪ Persian butkada (but idol + kada temple, dwelling)
Related forms
pagodalike, adjective
subpagoda, noun Unabridged
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  • Marcel was some time cleaning up the kitchen, and his masters and he buried the poor cat in the garden under the pagoda.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • The pagoda might be an erroneous variant of the thunderbolt Vadjra.

  • There is no pagoda or shrine in Burma around which is not found a large number of these images.

  • She called out, but the pagoda was so high that her voice did not carry down to him.

  • On arriving at the Pramane, the urn is placed upon the pagoda, there to remain for seven days.

  • When the tale had been told him he took a heavy ax and went to the pagoda.

  • Low conical hills rise from the banks of the river, each crowned by a pagoda, around which are many "kyoungs" and "zeyats."

    Burma R.Talbot Kelly
  • With them he returned the following morning and they climbed up into the pagoda.

  • Dr. Milne asserts that Ningpo is 10,000 years old, and that the pagoda was raised antecedent to the city being built.

  • Then our party divided, some going to see the pagoda, and others to see the rice-mills.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for pagoda


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

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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