Definition of saltbox in US English:



North American
  • A frame house having up to three stories at the front and one fewer at the back with a steeply pitched roof.

    as modifier ‘three-story saltbox houses’
    • ‘Their domicile was a very simple affair, a clapboard saltbox with a ‘parlor’ and kitchen on the left side and two bedrooms on the right, built ‘in the round’, with no hallway.’
    • ‘The couple lived in apartments for 30 years before taking the real estate plunge, buying a 1939 saltbox that they remade as their own.’
    • ‘Mingling the best of old and new, the renovated saltbox remains faithful to its humble origins while accommodating the personality of its residents.’
    • ‘It was a saltbox style building with a second saltbox attached as an ell to the first giving the inn two identical facades when viewed from a corner.’
    • ‘The 15 duplexes, designed by architect Jerry Weisburd of Housecraft Builders, evoke traditional rural structures such as the New England saltbox.’