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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How can the rest of us, who may not have a 100-year-old cottage in Maine, get this wonderful, lived-in look? Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Libby Cameron on Updating Her Family's Maine Cottage," 6 Apr. 2015 The grounds include specimen cutting gardens, a greenhouse, two guest cottages, garage parking for five cars and a personal training gym. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "L.A. Hotelier Asks $36 Million for California Estate," 30 Nov. 2018 Adare Manor County Limerick, Ireland This past year, Adare Manor, the enchanting 18th-century Irish estate (and bona fide calendar house), whose driveway is littered with Porsches and Lamborghinis, unveiled two luxury stand-alone cottages. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Beyond Airbnb: 9 Luxe Hotels That Cater to House Lovers," 11 Oct. 2018 The horse ranch includes a 2,400-square-foot main house, two guest cottages, a 15-stall horse barn and a riding arena. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: When one home is not enough," 5 May 2018 The two cottages allow dogs ($20 per dog per night). San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Monarch Cove Inn, Santa Cruz," 10 Apr. 2018 Take a look at Linga and the surrounding countryside here: No one has lived on Linga since 1934, so the two cottages are a bit run down. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "You Can Buy an Entire Scottish Island for $350,000," 29 Jan. 2018 There a two cottages on the property to choose from. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Host a Sleepover on Queen Elizabeth's Estate," 12 Aug. 2015 Check to make sure all intended uses of the cottage have been cleared ahead of time. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 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 shady place in a garden or forest

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