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

Other Words from cottage

cottagey \ ˈkä-​ti-​jē How to pronounce cottage (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 Opening next door in a whitewashed cottage will also be Mrs. Mandolin, a home and lifestyle shop dedicated to the ease of Mediterranean living. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 16 May 2022 In 2018, the actress and her husband of nine years, actor Timothy Busfield, 64, bought a rustic cottage on 14 acres in New York's Catskill Mountains. Emily Strohm,, 5 May 2022 Imagine a little wooden gate on a stone pathway that leads to a seaside cottage. Glamour, 26 Apr. 2022 My family first lived in the Willesden area of North West London in a railway cottage. Marc Myers, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Countless Airbnb users are lending their properties to Ukrainians who are in need of a place to stay—among them, Canadian designer Christine Dovey, owner of Cordial House, an oceanside cottage on Prince Edward Island. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 8 Mar. 2022 These dwellings are added to single-family homes, built as an apartment attached to the home or as a separate cottage on the same lot. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2022 In March, Virginia’s College of William and Mary identified an unassuming cottage on its campus as one of the first schools for Black children in the Americas. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 "holding of a free peasant, the peasant's dwelling on such a holding," borrowed from Anglo-French, "tenure of a free peasant owing rent to a lord, rent paid for such a holding," probably from Middle English cot or cote "dwelling of a rural laborer, hut" + Anglo-French -age -age — more at cot entry 1, cote entry 1

Note: Regarding the status of such a holding, see note at cottar.

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20 May 2022

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“Cottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

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