salt·​box ˈsȯlt-ˌbäks How to pronounce saltbox (audio)
: a frame dwelling with two stories in front and one behind and a roof with a long rear slope

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Examples of saltbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canaan, New York Courtesy image The Donnelly House, a pre-Revolutionary two-bedroom saltbox, stands on a hilltop plateau with panoramic views of the Berkshire Mountains. The Week Staff, The Week, 19 Aug. 2023 Over several years and a two-part renovation, Lisa transformed the vintage saltbox without stripping its alpine feel. Laura Fenton, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 With age comes both beauty and history; guests can visit historical landmarks like the Hoxie House Museum, a home built around 1675 that is likely the oldest saltbox home on Cape Cod. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 Modern adaptions of the style include renovations of historic saltbox homes, contemporary additions to existing structures, and new builds in the saltbox style. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 2023 Historic saltbox houses are easily identified by their signature one-sided sloped rooflines and simple colonial facades. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 2023 Their family respite is an old saltbox in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, lovingly described throughout the novel in all its battered glory. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2020 The saltbox takes its name from a popular wooden box used to store salt. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 22 June 2022 But the understated house was more New England saltbox than brutalist concrete fantasy. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saltbox was in 1876

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“Saltbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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