Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small house or cottage usually having a single story and sometimes an additional attic story.
  • n. A thatched or tiled one-story house in India surrounded by a wide verandah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small house or cottage usually having a single story
  • n. A thatched or tiled one-story house in India surrounded by a wide verandah

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thatched or tiled house or cottage, of a single story, usually surrounded by a veranda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, a one-storied thatched or tiled house, usually surrounded by a veranda; in the East generally, any one-storied dwelling provided with verandas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small house with a single story

Etymologies

Hindi baṅglā, Bengali, bungalow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Gujarati bungalo, meaning one-story house; from Hindi बॅँगला or बंगला (ba.ngalā). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's what you call a bungalow: a little rectangular brick bunker, with a porch made of stone and concrete.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Redgrave has built himself what he calls a bungalow, somewhere near the house; but I didn't see it. '

    The Whirlpool

  • The bungalow is large but rambling, and my room was one built out at the end, with six windows with solid shutters, of which Mr. Ferney closed all but two, and half closed those, because of a tiger which is infesting the immediate neighborhood of the house, and whose growling, they say, is most annoying.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • "Oh, them two young fellers that always used to come to the cottage -- what you call the bungalow -- across the cove there, the ones I told you about.

    The Woman-Haters: a yarn of Eastboro twin-lights

  • The guy in front of the bungalow is an addict, his specialty ————, which he pops like cake.

    Shrine

  • To Saxon, with her innate love of beauty and charm in all personal things, the interior of the bungalow was a revelation.

    CHAPTER III

  • The bungalow was an elegant older building crammed between the newer multistory apartment buildings.

    THE PROMISED WAR

  • His bungalow was a pretty big establishment, you see, just off the east end of the Mall, near the British infantry lines, with about thirty servants, and since there was no proper mem-sahib, and his khansamah* (* Butler.) was almost senile, there was no order about the place at all.

    Fiancée

  • But the only bags I had with me in the bungalow were a brown leather tote with a cheesy lining from TJ Maxx and a worn out little sack I bought the previous weekend at the Rose Bowl swap meet for $15.

    Martha McCully: My Reinvention Tour: The "It" Bag Isn't Doing It for Me Anymore

  • Check it out for yourself -- who knows, that finishing touch for your bungalow might be there, waiting for you!

    Urban Remains Chicago

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  • I love that word as much as I love the word bubble!
    Did you know it has a indian origin?

    February 5, 2009

  • I love Bungalow!!! Thanks for using it!

    October 24, 2008