pa·​go·​da pə-ˈgō-də How to pronounce pagoda (audio)
: 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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Examples of pagoda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There he was captivated by the five-story pagoda symbolizing the elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Nowadays most distilleries buy their grain ready malted, which has significantly increased the fire safety in distilleries but the pagoda’s have become synonymous with Scotland’s distilling heritage. Mark Littler, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 After walking up the 400 or so steps to get to the pagoda, find a quiet spot under a cherry blossom tree (a visit during cherry blossom season is a must to see the hillside flanked in pink) and get down on one knee. Laura Hampson, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2024 Garfield Park trail: The roughly 1.5-mile trail around Garfield Park on the city's south side takes you past several features, including the pagoda, botanical gardens, playground and aquatic center, and offers ample parking. Jen Guadarrama, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Mar. 2024 There were no young girls floating by in elegant dresses, no scrubbed and spoiled children dressed in their finery and dragged toward churches and pagodas, no whisper of music drifting out of windows. Chantha Nguon, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Feb. 2024 So Las Vegas' Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has upped the ante with an exhibit worthy of its roar, complete with pagodas, cherry blossom trees, gold coins, and, of course, golden dragons. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 The grounds have various ways to entertain guests with its 100-seat amphitheater, pagoda with a firepit, an entertainment pavilion with a full kitchen, a private lake with a sandy beach, and an outdoor shower. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 The next stop is Hue and Da Nang, filled with temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Ceylan Yeginsu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Portuguese pagode statue of a deity, Hindu or Buddhist temple

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pagoda was in 1582

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“Pagoda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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pa·​go·​da pə-ˈgōd-ə How to pronounce pagoda (audio)
: a tower in eastern Asia of several stories erected as a temple or memorial
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