da·​cha | \ˈdä-chə also ˈda- \

Definition of dacha 

: a Russian country cottage used especially in the summer

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The elder Shamalov helped co-found the Ozero cooperative, an elite dacha community that includes Putin as a member. Nathan Hodge, CNN, "The Russia sanctions list: Who's on the new US blacklist," 6 Apr. 2018 After the dictator collapsed in the bedroom of his dacha, urinating all over himself, hours passed before anyone checked on him, because his guards were afraid to intrude on his privacy. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "The Death of Stalin shines a light on Lavrenti Beria, head of the Soviet Union’s dreaded secret police.," 15 Mar. 2018 As Stalin’s body lies stiffening at his dacha in the country, the members of the Central Committee strike alliances and counter-alliances and counter-counter-alliances. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Death of Stalin’ is brilliant satire," 14 Mar. 2018 Less than twenty minutes into the movie, Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) is found lying on a rug in his dacha, outside Moscow. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "“The Death of Stalin” Dares to Make Evil Funny," 6 Mar. 2018 This puts him on the same level as Jared Kushner, who sits in on similar briefings without a clearance that has been denied him because of mounting evidence that Kushner has been panhandling the finer dachas for years now. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Whole Fish Is Rotten, Not Just Rob Porter," 8 Feb. 2018 Russia’s gross domestic product shrank by 50 percent in the 1990s, life expectancy plummeted, and millions of ordinary people were reduced to living off their dacha gardens. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "One family’s divergent views of the Bolshevik revolution tell a tale of Russia’s complicated past – and present," 5 Nov. 2017 So members of the Central Committee used to have their own buildings, their own dachas behind tall fences, their own sanatoriums. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Masha Gessen on how Putin’s Russia is not that dissimilar from the old Soviet Union.," 11 Oct. 2017 The Russian compounds are sprawling mansions once owned by the American elite, whereas the U.S. embassy dacha is a small wooden house in a northern Moscow park. Paul Sonne, WSJ, "Russia to Kick Out Some U.S. Diplomats Over Sanctions," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of dacha

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dacha

Russian, from Old Russian, land allotted by a prince; akin to Latin dos dowry — more at date

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The first known use of dacha was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of dacha

: a small Russian house in the countryside that is used especially in the summer

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