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

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Historical Examples of isbas

  • The cottages are very few and far between—generally a collection of little wood hovels, or "isbas," as they are called.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington

  • They saw no less than three kinds of houses—first, the “isbas,” built of logs, and not unlike the log-cabins of America.


    Mayne Reid