da·​cha ˈdä-chə How to pronounce dacha (audio)
 also  ˈda-
: a Russian country cottage used especially in the summer

Examples of dacha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, without warning, a delegation of Kremlin hard-liners from the military and the K.G.B. arrived at the door of his dacha, having cut off his phones. Marilyn Berger, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2022 Yevgeny, 24, quit his job as a mechanic and is hiding at a relative’s dacha far from Moscow. Natalia Abbakumova, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2022 Stalin was encouraging but noncommittal, parking Mao in a dacha outside Moscow while hard bargaining dragged on for weeks. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 At my family’s dacha on the outskirts of Moscow, much of our summer abundance from the garden is canned, pickled, frozen, or somehow preserved for the long winter ahead. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, 24 Feb. 2022 But there are quite a few takers, most of whom are thinking of building a dacha, or country house. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 For example, in Gooseberries, two men come upon a dacha (a cottage) in the woods. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 That same trip, Whelan went with Yatsenko to his family’s dacha, in Sergiev Posad, a town about fifty miles from Moscow, known for its fourteenth-century Orthodox monastery. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2020 Those who still go to work can get a special unlimited pass, but for personal matters -- such as driving to a store or a dacha (a country house) -- residents can only get two passes a week, each valid for one day. Mary Ilyushina, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dacha was in 1896

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“Dacha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dacha. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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