Taj Mahal

[ tahzhmuh-hahl, tahj ]

  1. 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

From Arabic and Persian: literally, “crown palace” or “crown place”; see taj; mahal

Words Nearby Taj Mahal

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How to use Taj Mahal in a sentence

  • India has many notable temples and ruins, but for sheer beauty nothing can compare with the Taj Mahal, at Agra.

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  • Even the splendid palaces and magnificent monuments, such as the Taj Mahal, were built largely by forced, unpaid labor.

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

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  • We lunched at the Taj Mahal Hotel, and got back tired and full of mixed impressions.

  • Scindia had given an entertainment to the Viceroy at the Taj Mahal, and supper had been laid out at a building in the grounds.

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British Dictionary definitions for Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

/ (ˈtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl) /

  1. 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

Origin of 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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