- a white marble mausoleum built at Agra, India, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (fl. 1628–58) for his favorite wife.
Origin of Taj Mahal
Examples from the Web for taj mahal
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
The dome in Taj-Mahal produces an echo which is more pleasant, pure and lasting than any other.Reminiscences
- 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 and History for taj mahal
mausoleum at Agra, India, built c.1640 by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, from Persian, literally "the best of buildings;" second element related to Arabic halla "to lodge." But some authorities hold that the name of the mausoleum is a corruption of the name of the woman interred in it, Mumtaz (in Persian, literally "chosen one") Mahal, who died in 1631. Figurative use as a name denoting anything surpassing or excellent is attested from 1895.