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Taj Mahal

[tahzh muh-hahl, tahj]
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noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Hans Mattson


British Dictionary definitions for taj mahal

Taj Mahal

noun
  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
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Word Origin

Urdu, literally: crown of buildings
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Word Origin and History for taj mahal

Taj Mahal

n.

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.

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taj mahal in Culture

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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