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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Examples of pagoda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In preparation for its opening, earlier this month, the company rehearsed both at Prospect Park’s music pagoda and in a Brooklyn studio. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2021 That same night, Aung once again saw soldiers in the pagoda on the move, this time loading bodies back onto the trucks and transporting them to a different location. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 The military responded by shooting pro-democracy protesters who had gathered in the shadow of a golden pagoda. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 Each little nook is full of design delights, like the custom plaster pagoda fireplace. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 28 June 2021 Different indigenous peoples used Mongolian astragalus root, the beanlike fruit of Japan’s pagoda trees, extract of Indonesian Eurycoma longifolia, or the Chinese mushroom Ganoderma lucidum. Matthew Hongoltz-hetling, The New Republic, 23 June 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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pa·​go·​da | \ pə-ˈgō-də How to pronounce pagoda (audio) \

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


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