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Where does the word bungalow originate from?
From which language does the word bungalow originate?
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What country did bungalow originate from?
In which country did the word 'bungalow' originate?
A bungalow (Gujarati: બંગલો baṅglo, Hindi: बंगला baṅglā) is a type of single-story house that originated in India. The word derives from the Gujarati word baṅglo, which in turn came from Hindustani baṅglā. It means "Bengali", used elliptically for a "house in the Bengal style". Such houses were traditionally small, having only one story, with a thatched roof, and a wide veranda. Bungalows today are a type of house that is usually single-story or one and a half stories, and can be quite large. A bungalow is an Australian beach house. It came from the Hindi word bangla, literally meaning "Bengalese", but utilized to mean "house in the Bengal style". The Beatles had a song "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" on their "White Album", a seemingly satirical treatise on safaris.
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Where did the word 'bungalow' come from?
It's a Bengali word adopted into the English language. The Bengali and Hindi word for someone who is Bengali is "Bangla". In Hindi, "bangla" became the word for a certain type of house in which Bengalis lived. Then the English pronounced it wrong (probably on purpose) and it became bungalow. Bungalow has its origins way back in the 1670s, taken from the older Hindi bangla, meaning low, thatched house, then morphing into the Gujarati bangalo. it is a Hindustani word meaning single storey dwelling