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Borrowed from Gujarati બંગલો (baṅglo, Bengali), referring to the Bengali-style house. Doublet of bungalow.


bangalo (plural bangalos)

  1. A precursor of the bungalow, built in India for or by western immigrants.
    • 1946, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Ceylon Branch, Colombo, Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society:
      The Ambassador's bangalo stood at the base of a mountain covered with jungle, of which he had a portion cleared to provide a promenade.
    • 1973, AAQ, Architectural Association Quarterly - Volume 5, page 10:
      Opinions differ, however, as to whether this particular type of indigenous structure, the real bangalo or common hut, was the prototype for the modified version produced by, or for, the early European immigrant to India.
    • 2015, Fiona Farrell, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire, →ISBN, page 265:
      There are inter-war bungalows, and they, too, have their parentage, tracing a genealogy to that Indian roadside hostel, the bangalo, the Gujerati meaning simply 'of Bengal'.


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Ultimately from Hindi बंगला (baṅglā). Doublet of bengalo.


  • IPA(key): [banˈɡalo]
  • Rhymes: -alo
  • Hyphenation: ban‧ga‧lo


bangalo (accusative singular bangalon, plural bangaloj, accusative plural bangalojn)

  1. bungalow