Definitions for dachaˈdɑ tʃə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

da•chaˈdɑ tʃə(n.)(pl.)-chas.

  1. a Russian country house or villa.

Origin of dacha:

1895–1900; < Russ: orig., allotment of land

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dacha(noun)

    Russian country house

Wiktionary

  1. dacha(Noun)

    a Russian villa, or summer house, in the countryside

  2. Origin: From дача, from дать

Freebase

  1. Dacha

    Dacha is a Russian word for seasonal or year-round second homes often located in the exurbs of Russian and post-Soviet cities. Cottages or shacks serving as a family's main or only home are not considered dachas, although many purpose-built dachas are recently being converted for year-round residence. In some cases, dachas are occupied for part of the year by their owners and rented out to urban residents as summer retreats. Most of dacha areas exist since the Soviet era and consist of large amount of small typical 600 square meters land plots and were initially designated only for recreation getaways of city dwellers and for growing little gardens, and were extremely popular because soviet people didn’t have an opportunity to buy land and build a house where they want, and had a lack of other opportunities to spend their time and money at all. There were legal size restrictions for dacha houses. They had to have not more than 25 m² of living area and only one storey tall, that's why they often had a tall roof of special form with a roof storey in it, which was considered by authorities as just a big roof, not a second storey. Dacha houses built in late 1980s and later are significantly larger than older ones because legal size restrictions were liberalized, and new dacha areas became fields of relatively big houses on tiny land plots. Tracks inside dacha areas are unimproved and narrow, so two cars can hardly pass each other by. Now dacha areas located in good places tend to modernize and develop, others — degrade since the end of soviet era, but can be renovated and modernized later by new generation of owners.²

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