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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Recent Examples on the Web The Mokum fabric curtains introduce some subtle glamour, and the Louis Poulsen pendant lights have always reminded me of a pagoda—even with their Danish origin. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Pacifique’s Japanese-Inspired Interiors Blend Subtlety and Elegance," 16 Dec. 2019 Today, the spire of a Buddhist pagoda protrudes from waters that have inundated the village of Srekor. New York Times, "‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong," 12 Oct. 2019 The agency proposed marking temples, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with a more generic pictogram of a pagoda. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Can the swastika ever reclaim its original meaning?," 24 Dec. 2019 Even casual visitors will spot Patterson Park’s pagoda or just enjoy watching the trains whiz through the animated street scenes. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, "Holiday happenings," 26 Nov. 2019 The pagoda is where the legendary White Maiden is locked. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "The Trip," 12 Nov. 2019 The pagoda is lovely, its wide, wooden doors carved with birds and its rafters ornamented with origami pigeons. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019 Since that changeover, stringent restrictions on foreign visitors have been relaxed, and innumerable temples and pagodas in villages throughout the country have opened for tourism. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "On a Myanmar River Cruise, a Rare Chance to Interact With Burmese Monks," 26 Sep. 2019 Instead, Boles works his way to the second floor of the pagoda, watching the milk bath unfold from a distance. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Doug Boles' race is just beginning when the Indy 500 ends," 1 July 2019

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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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The first known use of pagoda was in 1582

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4 Feb 2020

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“Pagoda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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