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[buhng-guh-loh] /ˈbʌŋ gəˌloʊ/
a cottage of one story.
(in India) a one-storied thatched or tiled house, usually surrounded by a veranda.
(in the U.S.) a derivation of the Indian house type, popular especially during the first quarter of the 20th century, usually having one and a half stories, a widely bracketed gable roof, and a multi-windowed dormer and frequently built of rustic materials.
Origin of bungalow
First recorded in 1670-80, bungalow is from the Hindi word banglā literally, of Bengal Unabridged
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  • It was a one-storey building, a sort of bungalow, built entirely of wood.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • He will meet you and bring you to the bungalow, so look out for him when the boat gets in.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • She no longer wondered that Fay refused to leave the bungalow.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Then she went swiftly for her topee and gloves and parasol, and fled from the bungalow.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Jan made no answer, and silence reigned till they reached the bungalow.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for bungalow


a one-storey house, sometimes with an attic
(in India) a one-storey house, usually surrounded by a veranda
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi banglā (house) of the Bengal type
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Word Origin and History for bungalow

1670s, from Gujarati bangalo, from Hindi bangla "low, thatched house," literally "Bengalese," used elliptically for "house in the Bengal style" (see Bengal). Related: Bungaloid.

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