bun·​ga·​low | \ˈbəŋ-gə-ˌlō \

Definition of bungalow 

: a one-storied house with a low-pitched roof also : a house having one and a half stories and usually a front porch

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Image When Hurricane Sandy lashed the southern coast of Brooklyn in October of 2012, the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, with its quaint bungalows and low-slung buildings, was buffeted by up to 10 feet of rushing seawater. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018 The scene begins by showing Ruth make the slow, unsure walk from the restaurant to the bungalow. Julie Miller, HWD, "GLOW Didn’t Need Harvey Weinstein to Inspire Its #MeToo Moment," 29 June 2018 Shower seekers Not far from Semchena lives Tiffany Mason, 33, of Clawson, who bought her 1948-built bungalow in 2015, loving the neighborhood’s big trees, Mason said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes," 28 June 2018 Abreu is like the cute, lived-in bungalow on the cul-de-sac whose market price will fall well short of an inflated number the seller truly seeks for reasons difficult to explain. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 Where, when Ruth arrives, the host directs her to Tom’s bungalow. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘GLOW’ Brings #MeToo to the 1980s," 3 July 2018 Where, when Ruth arrives, the host directs her to Tom’s bungalow. James Poniewozik, kansascity, "Netflix’s ‘Glow’ brings #MeToo to the 1980s," 3 July 2018 While its classic bungalow features include slate floors and stone fireplaces, its open layout, accommodating a tree that grows through the entryway, gives the 3,600-square-foot dwelling a distinctively midcentury feel. Cara Gibbs, WSJ, "House Tour: When a Rock Star Has Taste," 29 June 2018 There’s the naming of streets after universities and colleges (Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Vassar), along with bungalow housing and the venerable Dubstread, a public golf course that opened 94 years ago. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "College Park Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bungalow

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bungalow

Hindi baṅglā & Urdu banglā, literally, (house) in the Bengal style

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English Language Learners Definition of bungalow

: a house that is all on one level

: a house that has one main level and a second smaller level above


bun·​ga·​low | \ˈbəŋ-gə-ˌlō \

Kids Definition of bungalow

: a house with a main level and a smaller second level above

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