pa·​go·​da | \ pə-ˈgō-də How to pronounce pagoda (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Columns of people extended to the horizon near a traffic junction and a pagoda in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, and at the railway station in Mandalay, the second-largest city. New York Times, "Myanmar’s Protests Are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers," 22 Feb. 2021 Some of Htet’s gold leaf ends up on the 12-foot-tall, six-ton Buddha statue enshrined in the Mahamuni Temple, Mandalay’s biggest pagoda. Paul Salopek, History & Culture, "How much work goes into flattening gold leaf? 20,000 hammer blows.," 4 Dec. 2020 But on Monday, only the pagoda’s iron frame remained sounding, surrounded by the ruins of multiple other buildings. Esther Mobley,, "Napa's Spring Mountain avoided fires for years. Now the hill's boutique wineries face total destruction," 1 Oct. 2020 An elaborate mural illustrating the Lotus Sutra, or scripture, adorns the pagoda’s interior and is thought to be the only surviving mural painting from the period. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Newly Discovered Buddhist Temple Paintings May Be Among Japan’s Oldest," 27 Oct. 2020 Newton was gravely damaged, losing its signature pagoda building, which had just been completely rebuilt, its terraced estate vineyard and a lot of wine. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "California Fires Take a Deep Toll on Wine Country," 5 Oct. 2020 By Thursday, at least four Spring Mountain wineries had burned nearly completely, devastating structures including an 1871 barn and a new, state-of-the-art Japanese-style pagoda, with damage registered on at least three other wine properties. Esther Mobley,, "Napa's Spring Mountain avoided fires for years. Now the hill's boutique wineries face total destruction," 1 Oct. 2020 Hanging string lights from a pagoda or trees is also a good call. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Set Up a Backyard Movie Theater In Under an Hour," 23 June 2020 There’s a Sasquatch on a decorative bridge, a U.F.O., and a blob monster menacing a pagoda. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Coffee with Sasquatch and a Couple of Robots," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pagoda

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pagoda

Portuguese pagode statue of a deity, Hindu or Buddhist temple

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26 Feb 2021

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“Pagoda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pagoda

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


pa·​go·​da | \ pə-ˈgō-də How to pronounce pagoda (audio) \

Kids Definition of pagoda

: a tower of several stories built as a temple or memorial in eastern or southeastern Asia

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