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bungalow

[buhng-guh-loh] /ˈbʌŋ gəˌloʊ/
noun
1.
a cottage of one story.
2.
(in India) a one-storied thatched or tiled house, usually surrounded by a veranda.
3.
(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
1670-1680
1670-80; < Hindi banglā literally, of Bengal
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British Dictionary definitions for bungalow

bungalow

/ˈbʌŋɡəˌləʊ/
noun
1.
a one-storey house, sometimes with an attic
2.
(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
n.

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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