- 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
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Examples from the Web for bungalow
This bungalow has two levels, a screening room, a dining room, many offices, an art department, and cutting rooms.
I arrive at the bungalow and find his staff standing about stunned, some of them in tears.
He'd kept the few offices at the front of the bungalow, now oddly barren.
Verdecia laughs about his home, a 1924 bungalow, which is “just falling apart.”AbleNook designers offer alternative to disaster-relief tents and trailers
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He showed me the bungalow used by Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.Gore Vidal Epitomized an Era When Writers Were Like Rock Stars
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It was a one-storey building, a sort of bungalow, built entirely of wood.The Prisoner of Zenda
He will meet you and bring you to the bungalow, so look out for him when the boat gets in.
She no longer wondered that Fay refused to leave the bungalow.
Then she went swiftly for her topee and gloves and parasol, and fled from the bungalow.
Jan made no answer, and silence reigned till they reached the bungalow.
- a one-storey house, sometimes with an attic
- (in India) a one-storey house, usually surrounded by a veranda
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper