Definition of bungalow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌŋɡələʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌŋɡəloʊ//
    Types of home
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  1. 1(British English) a house built all on one level, without stairs He retired at 70 and moved to a bungalow in Rosecroft Gardens. compare ranch house Culture Many old people live in bungalows because there are no stairs to climb. In Britain, especially in the 1920s, large groups of bungalows were often built together on the edges of towns, or in places where people go to live when they have retired from work, such as the south coast. People who don't like bungalows sometimes describe this as 'bunglaloid growth'. The word bungalow comes from the Hindi name for an old type of house built for Europeans in Bengal. See related entries: Types of home
  2. 2(in some Asian countries) a large house, sometimes on more than one level, that is not joined to another house on either side
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Hindi baṅglā ‘belonging to Bengal’, from a type of cottage built for early European settlers in Bengal.
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