pa·go·da | \pə-ˈgō-də \

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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Mattis also spent time at an ancient Buddhist pagoda. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Vietnam War loomed over Mattis’s two days in Hanoi," 26 Jan. 2018 Large shrubs or small trees: Japanese maple (Acer palmatum); pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia); ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius); redbud (Cercis canadensis). Beth Botts,, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Every evening the residents of the city assemble at the pagoda to meditate and pay their respects to the Buddha. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The only lights came from the balconied hotels and elevated pagodas on the shore, and from a temple with a startlingly large and hunched black Buddha, in a golden robe with glinting white eyes. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 The pagoda’s retractable roof means guests may sit outside even in the rain. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The 'new' Old Point Tavern opens on Mass Ave.," 21 May 2018 There is a swimming pool and two pagodas that serve as bath houses for swimmers. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Steel Heir Lists Long Island Gold Coast Estate for $29.9 Million," 2 May 2018 Cattlemen, railroad workers, traveling salesmen stomped under Chambers’ little pagoda porch with its concrete bamboo supports. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Sex in the city: Where prostitution once flourished in KC | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 The festival, convened every two years, was held in crisp white pagoda tents beneath Swedish, Dutch, and Icelandic flags that flapped over the shores of the Drontermeer Lake west of town. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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


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Kids Definition of pagoda

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

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