- (in India, Burma, China, etc.) a temple or sacred building, usually a pyramidlike tower and typically having upward-curving roofs over the individual stories.
- any of several former gold or silver coins of southern India, usually bearing a figure of such a temple, first issued in the late 16th century and later also by British, French, and Dutch traders.
Origin of pagoda
Examples from the Web for pagoda
Not till he had promised all this did the Buddha let him out of the pagoda again.
The Pagoda might be an erroneous variant of the thunderbolt Vadjra.
Looking down from her pagoda she saw a wanderer passing below.
She called out, but the pagoda was so high that her voice did not carry down to him.
When the tale had been told him he took a heavy ax and went to the pagoda.
- an Indian or Far Eastern temple, esp a tower, usually pyramidal and having many storeys
Word Origin and History for pagoda
1580s, pagode (modern form from 1630s), from Portuguese pagode (early 16c.), perhaps from a corruption of Persian butkada, from but "idol" + kada "dwelling." Or perhaps from or influenced by Tamil pagavadi "house belonging to a deity," from Sanskrit bhagavati "goddess," fem. of bhagavat "blessed, adorable," from *bhagah "good fortune," from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion" (cf. Greek phagein "to eat;" see -phagous).
A tower with several different stories, each of which has its own roof. Pagodas are common in eastern Asia and originally served religious purposes as memorials or shrines.