Nearby words

  1. isarithm,
  2. isatin,
  3. isauria,
  4. isaurian,
  5. isauxesis,
  6. isbn,
  7. iscariot,
  8. ischaemia,
  9. ischemia,
  10. ischemic


International Seabed Authority.


or is·ba



the traditional log house of rural Russia, with an unheated entrance room and a single living and sleeping room heated by a clay or brick stove.

Origin of izba

1775–85; < Russian izbá (diminutive istópka), Old Russian istŭba house, bath, cognate with Serbo-Croatian ìzba small room, shack, Czech jizba room, Old Czech jistba, jizdba, all < Slavic *jĭstŭbaVulgar Latin *extūfa, with short u perhaps < Germanic *stuba; see stove1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for isba

  • The whole family is entombed in a dark and filthy "isba" full of flies.

  • The orchestra, which had reinforced its musicians by a choir of genuine moujiks, was suspended above the buildings of the Isba.

  • To Mavra there was but little difference between the isba of her father and the workroom of the seignorial mansion.

  • I entered my isba; I stood still in the middle of it, and called very low, "Macha, oh Macha!"