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

  • n. A frame house with two stories in front and one in back, having a pitched roof with unequal sides, being short and high in front and long and low in back.

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  • n. a distinctively shaped wooden frame house with two storeys at the front and one behind, characteristic of New England

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  • n. a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind


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  • The style that is called a saltbox has a low wall and roofline on the north side for protection from harsh weather and maintains a tall wall on the south for natural exposure to the sun’s warmth.


  • The saltbox is an easy way to use the shape of the building to provide natural light, heat, and protection.


  • We turn left and there it is: our saltbox on the water.

    The Last Highway

  • Johnny, wearing only dark jeans and an Ace bandage wrapped high around his rib cage, lay on his narrow bed in the attic bedroom of my saltbox farmhouse.

    Arcane Circle

  • Stepping from the car, Douglas took in the yellow colonial saltbox—a post-and-beam construction with a flat front and center chimney.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • A hiccup congealed in her throat as she watched the flames lick through the broken front window of the little saltbox house.


  • It was a pre-Revolutionary saltbox with a pillared porch set in an acre of beautifully gardened grounds; a look around the back revealed a breezeway connecting the main structure to what, in the old days, would have been a kitchen annex.

    Naked Cruelty

  • The saltbox home in the Hamptons commissioned by author Truman Capote in 1961 has gone on the market for $14.6 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Truman Capote's Sagaponack Home on the Market for $14.6 Million

  • But it looks ridiculous, because you have all of these sedate saltbox-style New England houses with picture windows and concrete porches and bland brown coloring ...

    The Post Of Mystery (To Most Of You, Anyway)

  • The town is postcard beautiful, full of richly painted saltbox houses and churches.

    Archive 2008-06-01


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