Meaning of dacha in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdatʃə/


(also datcha)
  • A country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or holiday home.

    ‘A man may boast of his home as his castle, but Russians are increasingly turning to building country homes and dachas that are plain, economical and rather small.’
    • ‘He enjoyed the company of some of his young male students whom he would invite to his country dacha at the weekend for a spot of vigorous log-cutting with an enormous two-handled saw.’
    • ‘Almost everyone I know in Europe - among the professional and business class - has some small second home in the country somewhere - a dacha usually belonging to the family for generations.’
    • ‘While peasants starved and city workers toiled in the forests of factories, Russia's new ruling class - the nomenklatura - lived in the defunct palaces of the Tsarist court and newly constructed dachas in the countryside.’
    • ‘Rich or poor, every Russian owns, or wants to own, a dacha, or cottage, usually in the woods, in which he or she can get away from it all.’
    • ‘The full range of vices attributed to decadent Roman emperors was to be found in the private dachas and public buildings of 1930s and 1940s Russia.’
    • ‘But for now at least, it does not look like many of Russia's elite will forgo a weekend at the dacha for a camping trip.’
    • ‘Vladimir smiled, and then he and the rest of our group headed up the walk towards the dacha.’
    • ‘What were once rustic wooden dachas have deteriorated into shacks.’
    • ‘In the Soviet period and for most families today, the most important real property consists of apartments and dachas.’
    • ‘On the hills by the ski jump, above the university district and the pollution line, the company is building dachas for the new rich, twin-garage wooden houses, with elaborate towers and balconies and banya steam baths.’
    • ‘To see the new Russians in their element, you have to drive outside of Moscow to the exclusive residential areas where they have their dachas.’
    • ‘The protestors have laid siege to his dacha and to the presidential palace in the city.’
    • ‘On the weekends, basking in the late May sunshine, Moscow appears nearly deserted with crowds of city-dwellers leaving for their dachas.’
    • ‘I walked down the lane, passing the big dachas until I came to one where, inside the square yard, a woman appeared.’
    • ‘For those who do not have recourse to a dacha in the relatively cooler sylvan pockets of the Moscow region, options for cooling off may seem few and far between.’
    • ‘The scene of Yuri writing his poems in an ice-encrusted dacha with wolves and winds howling outside seems to sum up this land.’
    • ‘He had a dacha in the writer's colony Peredelkino, a driver for his car, and a maid.’
    • ‘He was in relaxed mood when they met at his dacha, a walled complex in a birch forest 25 miles west of Moscow.’
    • ‘All along the road from the airport to downtown people were planting potatoes and other staples at their dachas, their outlying summer homes.’
    small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty


Russian, originally ‘grant (of land)’.