Taj Mahal

[ tahzh muh-hahl, tahj ]
/ ˈtɑʒ məˈhɑl, ˈtɑdʒ /

noun

a white marble mausoleum built at Agra, India, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (fl. 1628–58) for his favorite wife.

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Origin of Taj Mahal

<Arabic and Persian: literally, ‘crown palace’ or ‘crown place’; see taj; mahal

Words nearby Taj Mahal

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Example sentences from the Web for Taj Mahal

  • The dome in Taj-Mahal produces an echo which is more pleasant, pure and lasting than any other.

    Reminiscences|Hans Mattson
  • In his description of the Taj-Mahal of Agra, that veritable eighth wonder of the world, he calls it "a poem in marble."

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan|Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

British Dictionary definitions for Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
/ (ˈtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl) /

noun

a white marble mausoleum in central India, in Agra on the Jumna River: built (1632–43) by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal; regarded as the finest example of Mogul architecture

Word Origin for Taj Mahal

Urdu, literally: crown of buildings
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Cultural definitions for Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
[ (tahzh, tahj muh-hahl) ]

A marble mausoleum in India, built in the seventeenth century by a king for his wife. The Taj Mahal usually appears on lists of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

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