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cottage industry

noun

Simple Definition of cottage industry

  • : a system for making products to sell in which people work in their own homes and use their own equipment

Full Definition of cottage industry

  1. 1 :  an industry whose labor force consists of family units or individuals working at home with their own equipment

  2. 2 :  a small and often informally organized industry

  3. 3 :  a limited but enthusiastically pursued activity or subject <this debate about sex and law became a cottage industry for feminist academics — Wendy Kaminer>

Examples of cottage industry

  1. weaving, pottery, and other cottage industries



1921

First Known Use of cottage industry

1921


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