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Taj Mahal

[tahzh muh-hahl, tahj] /ˈtɑʒ məˈhɑl, ˈtɑdʒ/
a white marble mausoleum built at Agra, India, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (fl. 1628–58) for his favorite wife.
Origin of Taj Mahal
< Arabic and Persian: literally, ‘crown palace’ or ‘crown place’; see taj; mahal Unabridged
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  • The dome in taj-mahal produces an echo which is more pleasant, pure and lasting than any other.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
  • In his description of the taj-mahal of Agra, that veritable eighth wonder of the world, he calls it "a poem in marble."

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
British Dictionary definitions for taj-mahal

Taj Mahal

/ˈtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl/
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
Word Origin
Urdu, literally: crown of buildings
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Word Origin and History for taj-mahal

Taj Mahal


mausoleum at Agra, India, built c.1640 by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, from Persian, literally "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 Persian, literally "chosen one") Mahal, who died in 1631. Figurative use as a name denoting anything surpassing or excellent is attested from 1895.

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taj-mahal in Culture
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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