cot·​tage | \ˈkä-tij \

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 \ 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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Brian is building her a cottage across the circle drive from the main house. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 Location: Charleston, South Carolina Price: $7,950,000 There are plenty of gorgeous homes on the coast, from cozy beachside cottages to stunning mansions on a cliff. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Grand home built in scenic Charleston harbor asks $7.9M," 6 Nov. 2018 The rhinos are a highlight of a visit to Ol Pejeta, which also runs traditional safaris, with guests sleeping in lodgings that range from cottages to tented camps. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 And the Florida Keys Land Trust is building 750-square-foot cottages on hard hit Big Pine Key. Fox News, "A year after Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys 'still a world of hurt'," 10 Sep. 2018 Just two weeks ago, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were enjoying some time out of the limelight at a cottage in the Cotswolds. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where in the World Are Harry and Meghan?," 20 Aug. 2018 For a truly royal experience, consider booking a cottage on-site. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Royals' Favorite Scottish Getaway, Balmoral Castle," 7 Aug. 2018 Choose from cottages attached to barns that sleep up 12. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Marion County, where resorts cater to horses," 6 May 2018 Rooms from $125 weekday and $139 weekend, and cottages from $161 and $179, respectively, excluding 10 percent occupancy tax. San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Monarch Cove Inn, Santa Cruz," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cottage

14th 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 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cottage

: a small house especially in the country


cot·​tage | \ˈkät-ij \

Kids Definition of cottage

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

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