Definition of dacha in US English:



  • A country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or vacation home.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All along the road from the airport to downtown people were planting potatoes and other staples at their dachas, their outlying summer homes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In the Soviet period and for most families today, the most important real property consists of apartments and dachas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The protestors have laid siege to his dacha and to the presidential palace in the city.’
    • ‘I walked down the lane, passing the big dachas until I came to one where, inside the square yard, a woman appeared.’
    • ‘What were once rustic wooden dachas have deteriorated into shacks.’
    • ‘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 was in relaxed mood when they met at his dacha, a walled complex in a birch forest 25 miles west of Moscow.’
    • ‘On the weekends, basking in the late May sunshine, Moscow appears nearly deserted with crowds of city-dwellers leaving for their dachas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vladimir smiled, and then he and the rest of our group headed up the walk towards the dacha.’
    • ‘He had a dacha in the writer's colony Peredelkino, a driver for his car, and a maid.’
    small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty
    View synonyms


Russian, originally ‘grant (of land)’.