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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Located in the tiny enclave of Oakville, the roughly 3-acre property is surrounded by vineyards and includes a 5,537-square-foot main home as well as a guest cottage and a three-car garage designed to look like a barn. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Napa Valley’s Priciest Property: A $22.5 Million Compound," 28 Mar. 2019 During our colder months of the year, take advantage of our many fireplaces located in all the cottages and our public spaces. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 From cozy cabins and desert oases to stately cottages and houses on the beach, the best getaways stay with you far longer than summer. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 vacation homes to fuel your wanderlust," 30 July 2018 Guests can stay in rustic, colorful cottages and villas accented with shells and seaglass, with decks overlooking the ocean. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "This Literary Festival in Jamaica Is the Island’s Best-Kept Secret," 12 June 2018 Her descendants continue to use the cottage and fondly remember her. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "This Seamstress Conquered Bike Racing in the 1890s," 31 May 2018 A year into dating, one of Chip's rental properties, an 800-square-foot white cottage opened up, and the couple ditched their traditional Christian values to move in together and renovate. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaineses' Love Story Is Better Than The Notebook," 19 Apr. 2019 In a quiet nook in the small city of La Verne, small cottages topped with Spanish tile are spread across a sprawling green campus. Nina Agrawal,, "Inside the California facilities holding children separated from their parents at the border," 23 June 2018 Allow more flexible zoning for the construction of underutilized housing products like accessory dwellings, multiplexes and cottage apartments. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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