bungalow, noun

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EnglishShow more Special senses of general English bungalow: originally, a temporary or lightly-built structure; in modern usage, a one-storied house.
A (usually) one-storied building used for temporary, periodic, or rotating accommodation.
1. Military.
a. The living-quarters of men on military service.
1944 Twede in Bevel Piet Kolonel 54I struck metal and out from under the bed skidded the lid of a small boot polish tin. ‘What,’ asked Colonel Lewis, ‘are these receptacles littering the floor of the bungalow?’ I had no idea.
1984 Fair Lady 14 Nov. 132The sprawling web of base camps looks as though it popped up over-night...Everything looks severely functional — and temporary: pre-fab bungalows.
1986 J. Whyle in S. Gray Market Plays 173What was frightening was life out of work hours. We lived in a large bungalow where we were liable to unofficial initiation by the oumanne.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 138On an Information Officer’s course I felt particularly lucky to find myself in the same bungalow as his brother.
b. combinations
bungalow captain, the leader of the group of men living in a bungalow .
1981 Rand Daily Mail 25 Apr. 1Troops began leaving about midnight on Thursday after some had held a meeting. He said some ‘bungalow captains’ had complained about the shortage of hot water in the showers.
2. A holiday cottage, especially one which is lightly built.
1955 A. Delius Young Trav. in S. Afr. 149There is a whole string of camps of thatched bungalows with restaurants where people spend the night.
1970 S.E. Natham Informant, Cape TownBungalow. Small holiday house.
1975 Dict. of Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. 37Bungalow,..In S. Afr. E. a small, usually rustic building, consisting of one or more rooms with cooking & bathing facilities, at a holiday resort.
1989 Sunday Times 19 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 117Sleep cosy at night in the rustic timber bungalows nestling close to the riverside.
1991 Sunday Times 10 Mar. 23The cost of a sea view at Clifton is now being pegged at nearly R2,9-million..the price being asked for a wooden bungalow overlooking Fourth Beach.
1992 Weekend Post 12 Sept. (Holiday Playground) 2Holiday resorts which offer holiday flats, bungalows, caravan sites, and camping sites.
3. Prison slang. see quotation.
1992 E. Bulbring in Sunday Times 20 Sept. 3The ‘bungalows’ (cells) at Diepkloof awaiting-trial section are run by a ‘rep’ who holds the position by virtue of his strength.
A (usually) one-storied building used for temporary, periodic, or rotating accommodation.
The living-quarters of men on military service.
, the leader of the group of men living in a bungalow
A holiday cottage, especially one which is lightly built.
see quotation.
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