cot·​tage | \ ˈkä-tij How to pronounce cottage (audio) \

Definition of cottage

1 : the dwelling of a farm laborer or small farmer
2 : a usually small frame one-family house
3 : a small detached dwelling unit at an institution
4 : a usually small house for vacation use

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Other Words from cottage

cottagey \ ˈkä-​ti-​jē How to pronounce cottagey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cottage


bach [New Zealand], cabin, camp, chalet, lodge

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Examples of cottage in a Sentence

We rented a cottage for the weekend. She owns a cottage at the beach.

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This surprising East End cottage was originally built in 1947, torn down and then rebuilt from the ground up in 1990. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Newer construction in Alameda," 8 July 2019 The City Council has voted unanimously to enable the construction of more and bigger backyard cottages in all neighborhoods while removing requirements that property owners live on site and provide off-street parking. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 En route to Brunswick, in fact, sits the Maine Idyll Motor Court, a cluster of cottages on the edge of the woods. James Sullivan,, "Driven by one goal: To meander in Maine," 27 June 2019 There are forests, lighthouses, and cottage towns all set against a sparkling Lake Superior backdrop. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 By Meriden green, people polish their Jags in the sun outside thatched cottages. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 The Wilder children played in a summer cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota, in what’s now Maple Bluff. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Repertory Theater plans an 'Our Town' for our town," 4 Apr. 2018 Regulars also frequent Justine’s Secret House, a password-entry eatery housed in a Victorian cottage on East Seventh. John Ortved, Billboard, "Hot Hoods: The Towns Near Atlanta, Austin and Nashville Where Musicians Are Moving," 26 Jan. 2018 Bulegreen Cafe Yard in Oakland Park opened in December 2018 in a small cottage on Dixie Highway. Michael Mayo,, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of cottage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cottage

Middle English cotage, from Anglo-French, from Middle English cot — more at cot

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The first known use of cottage was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cottage

: a small house especially in the country


cot·​tage | \ ˈkät-ij How to pronounce cottage (audio) \

Kids Definition of cottage

: a small house usually in the country or for vacation use

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