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[goh-doun] /goʊˈdaʊn/
(in India and other countries in Asia) a warehouse or other storage place.
Origin of godown
1580-90; < Malay godong, perhaps < Telugu giḍ(ḍ)angi, Tamil kiṭanku, akin to kiṭa- to lie Unabridged
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  • If the boat is late, leave the case in Bun-Hin's godown till to-morrow.

  • "They are in the old Chinese godown at the bottom of the garden," said Saxham.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • And accordingly he walked over to the godown attached to the house.

  • Not one left in godown; all empty, wife, children, all done gone!

  • She opened the godown, called the cook and gave the woman her orders.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • He could always pretend afterwards that his godown had been plundered.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • Smith ordered the man to wait for him, and went into the godown.

  • I was angry because I had grovelled before a godown and a stable, though the round world cannot hold their equals.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • We've a very strict regulation against entering at night any godown containing explosives, owing to the risk of fire.

  • His zeal even reached the unwonted climax of rummaging in a godown for tin-lined cases and helping her to pack her offerings.

British Dictionary definitions for godown


(in East Asia and India) a warehouse
Word Origin
C16: from Malay godong
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