Origin of pagoda
Examples from the Web for pagoda
She called out, but the pagoda was so high that her voice did not carry down to him.The Chinese Fairy Book|Various
On the evening of the 30th he had, at the general's order, ridden up to the pagoda.On the Irrawaddy|G. A. Henty
Ursula went down the steps of the portico which led to the pagoda at the foot of the garden.Ursula|Honore de Balzac
I resent the pagoda because it means that she will go without a spring hat.
The pagoda in her blooming garden figured the arrangement—how otherwise was it to be named?The Golden Bowl|Henry James
Word Origin 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.