• A pagoda of three levels, built on a platform
    A pagoda of three levels, built on a platform
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pagoda an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pagoda A gold or silver coin, of various kinds and values, formerly current in India. The Madras gold pagoda was worth about three and a half rupees.
    • Pagoda A term by which Europeans designate religious temples and tower-like buildings of the Hindoos and Buddhists of India, Farther India, China, and Japan, -- usually but not always, devoted to idol worship.
    • Pagoda An idol.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pagoda In the far East, as India, China, Burma, etc., a sacred tower, usually more or less pyramidal in outline, richly carved, painted, or otherwise adorned, and of several stories, connected or not with a temple. Such towers were originally raised over relics of Buddha, the bones of a saint, etc., but are now built chiefly as a work of merit on the part of some pious person, or for the purpose of improving the luck of the neighborhood. In China pagodas are from three to thirteen stories high (always an odd number). See pagod, 1.
    • n pagoda An idol.
    • n pagoda [Formerly also pagody; so called with ref. to the figure of a pagoda on the coin. The natives in Madras called the coin hun and varahā (Telugu) or varāhan (Tamil).] A gold coin current in India from the sixteenth century. There were several varieties. Its value was approximately $1.70. Half- and quarter-pagodas were coined in silver.
    • n pagoda [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of mollusks.
    • n pagoda A small ornamental structure made in imitation of an Eastern pagoda: especially, such a building in the streets of a city in which various small articles, such as tea, etc., are sold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pagoda pa-gō′da an idol-house: an Indian idol: its temple: a gold coin formerly current in India, so called because the figure of a pagoda was stamped upon it—also Pagode′
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. pagoda, pagode, fr. Hind. & Per. but-kadah, a house of idols, or abode of God; Per. but, an idol + kadah, a house, a temple
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port., a corr. of Pers. but-kadah, an idol-temple.


In literature:

The erection and support of the magnificent pagoda at Nikko is an example in point.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
These guard the entrance to the pagoda and are called leogryphs.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Fina loved the pagoda best of all the curiosities.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
The associate judge came out on the steps of the pagoda with a programme in his hand.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Near every village were several pagodas whose spires rose above the jungle; and there were many pagodas standing far from any habitation.
"Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines" by Henry Charles Moore
The Pagoda was deserted at that hour, a barren wilderness of little bamboo tables and chairs, tea-less and cake-less.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
There was Ta Te, who occupied a pagoda enclosure with some eighty men, and was attacked by our mounted infantry.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The Taas or Pagodas are the buildings of China best known to Europeans.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
The view of the pagoda from the avenue is indeed wonderful.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Prince George built at Brighton a royal pavilion in imitation of the pagodas of the Indies, embosomed in trees and surrounded by gardens.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook

In poetry:

By an old whitewashed Pagoda
Looking Eastwards to the West
There's a Burma girl, from Bermondsey
Sits in a sparrow's nest.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
Yet cliffs are sharp, encroached like pagodas Among the flowers they rise
Eternal nature always learns from us –
That makes my heart and soul rejoice.
"Nature" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Worship this world of watercolor mood
in glass pagodas hung with veils of green
where diamonds jangle hymns within the blood
and sap ascends the steeple of the vein.
"April Aubade" by Sylvia Plath
T‘ien-kung sun warm, pagoda door open;
Alone climbing, greet Spring, drink one cup.
Without limit excursion-people afar-off wonder at me;
What cause most old most first arrived!
"In Early Spring Alone Climbing The T‘Ien-Kung Pagoda [from the Chinese]" by Arthur Waley
In an old white-washed pagoda, looking Eastward to the West,
A Burmese girl from Bermondsey sits in a sparrow's nest.
She's as pretty as a picture, though she lost one eye they say,
Through the Black Hole of Calcutta, and the keyhole of Bombay.
"Mandalay 2" by Billy Bennett

In news:

It came after a strong earthquake Sunday morning damaged several Buddhist pagodas, collapsed a bridge and a gold mine and left 12 people feared dead.
Above, a Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda.
Has named Jamie Singleton SVP and general manager of Piercing Pagoda , effective March 27.
Suspicious fire damages historic Point Defiance Pagoda .
Pagoda to get a close-up.
The Pagoda atop Mount Penn.
Michael Pitt tells NYLON TV how serious he is about his band Pagoda .
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, last week.
Pagoda to get a close-up.
Prime Minister John Key during his visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma.
Kozak's hometown of Navarre will be celebrating her TV debut by holding a Red Carpet Party on Nov 1 at Juana's Pagodas.
Mraz will headline a free outdoor concert on Dec 16 at People's Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda.
Buddhist Monks, Grafton Peace Pagoda.
Has named Jamie Singleton SVP and general manager of Piercing Pagoda, effective March 27.
Try it with turkey samosas or sago pagoda.