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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Later, head to the countryside, dotted with rice paddies and pagodas. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Hit Chinatown next and pop into the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum , a beautiful little spot with a rooftop pagoda for a moment of Zen. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 Finish at the templesNorthwest of Kudeejeen is Wat Arun, the only Cambodian-style pagoda in Bangkok. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Mini Black Book: Bangkok," 16 Nov. 2018 Your tour today will begin with the temples and pagodas. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 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

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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


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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