Definition of pagoda in English:



  • 1(in India and East Asia) a Hindu or Buddhist temple, typically in the form of a many-tiered tower.

    • ‘Across the world, temples, pagodas, sacred land and water formations, manuscripts and sculptures are under threat from a variety of sources.’
    • ‘Here, the first port of call should be Wat Phra Keow, a collection of pagodas, stupas, frescos and mosaics under arching roofs of red and gold; its small emerald Buddha is of tremendous cultural significance to the nation.’
    • ‘The later temples consisted of a Main Hall and two pagodas.’
    • ‘People circled around the pagodas with the wish to be like Buddha himself.’
    • ‘The tall, zelkova tree beside the pagoda is draped with lanterns on the Buddha's Birthday in May of every year.’
    • ‘Outstanding examples of Korean architecture can be seen in historic palaces and Buddhist temples and pagodas.’
    • ‘Here, where the river takes a sharp U-turn, a suspension bridge connects the highway to a small mountain studded with a temple, a towering pagoda and a large golden statue of the Buddha.’
    • ‘Hirayama's paintings are based on religious themes; most of these are representations of mosques, pagodas, Buddhist temples and Bodhisattvas.’
    • ‘The tours begin in Hanoi, where guests will visit the Museum of Ethnology, the old craft quarter and several pagodas and temples, including the Tay Phuong Pagoda.’
    • ‘Monuments, temples, pagodas have been restored for use and for tourism.’
    • ‘The converts among the merchants and nomadic rulers built temples, pagodas and cave sanctuaries carved into the canyon cliffs and mountains along the Yellow River.’
    • ‘He built a brick pagoda and kept 3,000 Buddha statues at Sokjjang-sa where he lived.’
    • ‘Anawrahta's capital, Pagan, was sacked by the Mongols in 1287 and the city with its many thousand pagodas and temples was abandoned.’
    • ‘The Garden contains two Japanese pagodas and a large Buddhist statue, as well as rare Japanese plants and many beautiful lanterns.’
    • ‘The landscaped gardens are complemented by eastern temples, Nepalese pagodas and roaming peacocks.’
    • ‘They managed to walk two kilometres to the relative safety of a Buddhist pagoda where he met an American Sri Lankan whose uncle owned a farm a further three kilometres away.’
    • ‘There are two very fine pagodas to visit at this temple as well as enjoying the lovely mountain stream.’
    • ‘There seems to be endless jewelled demons, gilded temples (called wats) and tall pagodas.’
    • ‘Temples and pagodas exist only to inspire the proper frame of mind for believers' devotion and self-awareness.’
    • ‘Buddhist temples incorporate pagodas, a design which came from India around the first century C.E. (the time when the religion made its way to China).’
    1. 1.1 An ornamental imitation of a Hindu or Buddhist pagoda.
      • ‘The site featured an orangery (precursor to the modern greenhouse), a pagoda, and an archway designed by the architect Sir William Chambers.’
      • ‘It was a place of pebbled walkways, pagodas, stone lanterns, a waterfall, and a wishing well where families and courting couples could give voice to their dreams.’
      • ‘The design of a redwood shade shelter can vary from a lattice trellis to a post, beam and rafter construction or the more elaborate angles of a pagoda or gazebo-style shelter.’
      • ‘They display books on pavements, near schools, and bus stations, even pagodas, cafe bars and restaurants.’
      • ‘Tetra found the queen exactly where the messenger had said, out in the summer pagoda in the palace gardens, with her eldest daughter Erris.’


Late 16th century: from Portuguese pagode, perhaps based on Persian butkada ‘temple of idols’, influenced by Prakrit bhagodī ‘divine’.