A house or part of a house used for vacation.

In the Soviet times, it was typically a room, sometimes a barn, that city dwellers rented in the countryside. It had an outhouse and no bathing facilities.

Vacations were a month long, so some families kept the children at a dacha for two months, one month with the mother and one with the father.

The above was not true for top Party functioners and such. Their dachas qualified for mansion.  The caliber of your dacha told volumes about your status.

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