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New Zealand. a small weekend or vacation house or shack.
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Idioms about bach

    bach it, to live alone or share living quarters with someone of the same sex, usually doing one's own housework, cooking, laundry, etc.

Origin of bach

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; by shortening

Other definitions for bach (2 of 2)

[ bahkh ]
/ bɑx /

Jo·hann Se·bas·ti·an [yoh-hahn si-bas-chuhn; German yoh-hahn zey-bahs-tee-ahn], /ˈyoʊ hɑn sɪˈbæs tʃən; German ˈyoʊ hɑn zeɪˈbɑs tiˌɑn/, 1685–1750, German organist and composer.
his sons: Carl Philipp E·ma·nu·el [kahrl -fil-ip i-man-yoo-uhl; German kahrl -fee-lip ey-mah-noo-el], /kɑrl ˈfɪl ɪp ɪˈmæn yu əl; German kɑrl ˈfi lɪp eɪˈmɑ nuˌɛl/, 1714–88; Johann Chris·ti·an [kris-chuhn; German kris-tee-ahn], /ˈkrɪs tʃən; German ˈkrɪs tiˌɑn/, 1735–82; Johann Chris·toph Frie·drich [kris-tof -free-drik; German kris-tawf -free-drikh], /ˈkrɪs tɒf ˈfri drɪk; German ˈkrɪs tɔf ˈfri drɪx/, 1732–95; and Wil·helm Frie·de·mann [wil-helm -free-duh-mahn; German vil-helm -free-duh-mahn], /ˈwɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn; German ˈvɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn/, 1710–84, German organists and composers.
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British Dictionary definitions for bach (1 of 3)

/ (bax, bɑːk) /

Welsh a term of friendly address: used esp after a person's name

Word Origin for bach

Welsh, literally: little one

British Dictionary definitions for bach (2 of 3)

/ (bætʃ) Australian and NZ /

a variant spelling of batch 1
a simple cottage, esp at the seaside

British Dictionary definitions for bach (3 of 3)

/ (German bax) /

Johann Christian (joˈhan ˈkrɪstjan), 11th son of J. S. Bach. 1735–82, German composer, called the English Bach, resident in London from 1762
Johann Christoph (ˈkrɪstɔf). 1642–1703, German composer: wrote oratorios, cantatas, and motets, some of which were falsely attributed to J. S. Bach, of whom he was a distant relative
Johann Sebastian (joˈhan zeˈbastjan). 1685–1750, German composer: church organist at Arnstadt (1703–07) and Mühlhausen (1707–08); court organist at Weimar (1708–17); musical director for Prince Leopold of Köthen (1717–28); musical director for the city of Leipzig (1728–50). His output was enormous and displays great vigour and invention within the northern European polyphonic tradition. His works include nearly 200 cantatas and oratorios, settings of the Passion according to St John (1723) and St Matthew (1729), the six Brandenburg Concertos (1720–21), the 48 preludes and fugues of the Well-tempered Clavier (completed 1744), and the Mass in B Minor (1733–38)
Karl (or Carl) Philipp Emanuel (karl ˈfiːlɪp eˈmaːnuɛl), 3rd son of J. S. Bach. 1714–88, German composer, chiefly of symphonies, keyboard sonatas, and church music
Wilhelm Friedemann (ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈfriːdəman), eldest son of J. S. Bach. 1710–84, German composer: wrote nine symphonies and much keyboard and religious music
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