noun \pə-ˈgō-də\

: a type of tall building in eastern Asia that has many floors with roofs that stick out on each floor and curve up

Full Definition of PAGODA

:  a tower in eastern Asia usually with roofs curving upward at the division of each of several stories and erected as a temple or memorial

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Origin of PAGODA

Portuguese pagode statue of a deity, Hindu or Buddhist temple
First Known Use: 1588

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

A square pagoda of the Daigo Temple, Kyoto, Japan.—Manley Features/Shostal Associates

Towerlike multistoried structure of stone, brick, or wood, usually associated with a Buddhist temple complex and enshrining sacred relics. The pagoda evolved from the Indian stupa. The pagoda's crowning ornament is pyramidal or conical in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos and bottle-shaped in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. In other parts of China and in Korea and Japan, a pagoda is a tall tower repeating a basic story unit in diminishing proportions. The stories may be circular, square, or polygonal. The pagoda form is intended mainly as a monument and has very little usable interior space.


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