from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A religious building of the Far East, especially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a memorial or shrine.
- n. A stupa.
- n. A structure, such as a garden pavilion, built in imitation of a multistory Buddhist tower.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Asian religious building, especially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a shrine or temple.
- n. An ornamental structure, of that design, erected in a park or garden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term by which Europeans designate religious temples and tower-like buildings of the Hindoos and Buddhists of India, Farther India, China, and Japan, -- usually but not always, devoted to idol worship.
- n. An idol.
- n. A gold or silver coin, of various kinds and values, formerly current in India. The Madras gold pagoda was worth about three and a half rupees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the far East, as India, China, Burma, etc., a sacred tower, usually more or less pyramidal in outline, richly carved, painted, or otherwise adorned, and of several stories, connected or not with a temple.
- n. An idol.
- n. [Formerly also pagody; so called with ref. to the figure of a pagoda on the coin. The natives in Madras called the coin hun and varahā (Telugu) or varāhan (Tamil).] A gold coin current in India from the sixteenth century.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of mollusks.
- n. A small ornamental structure made in imitation of an Eastern pagoda: especially, such a building in the streets of a city in which various small articles, such as tea, etc., are sold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof
Portuguese pagode, perhaps from Tamil pagavadi, from Sanskrit bhagavatī, goddess, from feminine of bhagavat-, blessed, from bhagaḥ, good fortune.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian بتکده (bot-kade), an idol temple, from بت (bot, idol) + کده (kade, temple). (Wiktionary)