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

Illustration of pagoda

Illustration of pagoda

Examples of pagoda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the 18th-century follies, including an Egyptian obelisk and teepees with servants dressed as Native Americans, have long since disappeared, although grottoes, waterfalls and a reproduction of the pagoda still enchant visitors. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Townspeople holding artificial trees with paper money as foliage—actual Cambodian riel—paraded past us, celebrating the donations made by the town to maintain the pagoda. Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 The pagoda-like Silo feeder, in three colors of recycled plastic, is about $64. New York Times, 2 June 2022 The pagoda had high columns, flaring gables, and a fine layer of paint that looked like (but wasn’t) gold leaf. Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 In front of its pagoda exterior are hand and foot impressions of 334 industry luminaries. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 18 May 2022 The shopping center opened in 1968 with shops, restaurants and a hotel surrounding Peace Plaza, marked by a 100-foot pagoda gifted by Osaka, Japan, sister city to San Francisco. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2022 Steven Hebrank pushed his shopping cart into the pagoda seating area where Dudley Avenue meets the boardwalk. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Noise from the nearby pagoda roused Aung and his family before dawn on April 9. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 Jun 2022

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“Pagoda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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