bungalow

[ buhng-guh-loh ]
/ ˈbʌŋ gəˌloʊ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bundy,
  2. bunfight,
  3. bung,
  4. bung-hole,
  5. bungaloid,
  6. bungee,
  7. bungee cord,
  8. bungee jumping,
  9. bunger,
  10. bunghole

Origin of bungalow

First recorded in 1670–80, bungalow is from the Hindi word banglā literally, of Bengal

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British Dictionary definitions for bungalow

bungalow

/ (ˈbʌŋɡəˌləʊ) /

noun

a one-storey house, sometimes with an attic
(in India) a one-storey house, usually surrounded by a veranda

Word Origin for bungalow

C17: from Hindi banglā (house) of the Bengal type

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Word Origin and History for bungalow

bungalow

n.

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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