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

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Examples of cottage in a Sentence

We rented a cottage for the weekend. She owns a cottage at the beach.
Recent Examples on the Web Largest Soup Kettle, Laona: In 1919, the Russell family hosted a free Soup Sunday at their cottage on Silver Lake that became a yearly community tradition every August. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The World's Largest Talking Cow, a giant ball of twine and more roadside attractions in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020 With 1,500 square feet and a large backyard, this cozy three-bedroom cottage is perfect for a family looking for a getaway in Lafayette. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 1 July 2020 The lighthouse was built in the early 1890s and the cottage was recently converted to an upscale B&B—book the Lightkeeper’s Room for the best view of the lighthouse itself. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Finally, while many are now working from home, or perhaps at a summer cabin or cottage, a cellular signal booster could significantly improve calls, texts and data speeds. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "These five tech gadgets will help you handle work, life during coronavirus stay-at-home situation," 21 June 2020 Ten miles southwest of the Denver airport, Izidor is living in an ersatz Romanian cottage. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Five minutes down the road, eternally popular Hog Island Oyster Co. has reopened its outdoor bayfront oyster bar, reservations only; or grab a bushel of oysters and a shucking knife to go and throw your own picnic back at the cottage. Carey Jones, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Weekend Getaways in California," 15 June 2020 Things got more intense when his family headed Up North to their cottage in Gladwin. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football returns with workouts, happy coaches, growing players," 15 June 2020 Snatch up a beautifully detailed 750-piece puzzle of Minnie and Mickey sharing a kiss at their lakeside cottage by Thomas Kinkade for $18.99. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Disney Just Released a Handful of Fun New Jigsaw Puzzles," 3 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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