saltbox


salt·box

noun \ˈslt-ˌbäks\

: a house that has two or more levels in the front, one level in the back, and a steep roof that slopes down from the front to the back

Full Definition of SALTBOX

:  a frame dwelling with two stories in front and one behind and a roof with a long rear slope

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First Known Use of SALTBOX

1876

saltbox

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Clapboard house of the original New England settlers having two stories in front, a single story in the rear, and a double-sloped roof that is longer over the rear section. It arose from the tradition of locating the kitchen in a lean-to behind the house; the roof was simply extended over the lean-to, creating the characteristic long-in-back silhouette.

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