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[buhng-guh-loh] /ˈbʌŋ gəˌloʊ/
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.
1670-80; < Hindi banglā literally, of Bengal Unabridged
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  • It is only recently that the real convenience and comfort of bungalow life have been fully realized.
  • He asks pairs of strangers to play a computer game in which they have to find one another in a virtual bungalow.
  • Perfect as a cover-up for the often lengthy trek between beach and bungalow.
  • Shingled walls and crisp white trim reinforce the bungalow look.
  • Residents of the bungalow said they had not fired any shots at the sergeant's house.
  • There's silence outside our bungalow, but from time to time the evening wind carries a shout to us.
  • Then, in that split of second, water started to come in the bungalow.
  • Its white, sandy shores are replete with resort, bungalow and hostel accommodations.
  • Choose from a single or twin deluxe room, a royal bungalow or a one- or two-bedroom bungalow suite.
  • The handyman longs, years later, for a crack at running the hotel built on the old bungalow court's site.
British Dictionary definitions for bungalow


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

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Encyclopedia Article for bungalow

single-storied house with a sloping roof, usually small and often surrounded by a veranda. The name derives from a Hindi word meaning "a house in the Bengali style" and came into English during the era of the British administration of India. In Great Britain the name became a derisive one because of the spread of poorly built bungalow-type houses there. The style, however, gained popularity in housing developments of American towns during the 1920s. Its general design-with high ceilings, large doors and windows, and shade-giving eaves or verandas-makes it especially well suited for hot climates, and bungalows are still frequently built as summer cottages or as homes in warm regions such as southern California.

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