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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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 Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were married in the clubhouse and have a cottage on the grounds. Scott Ostler,, "President Trump’s longtime allies in the sports world are showing him the door," 13 Jan. 2021 The updated cottage on 0.74 acres has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,600 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "Top 20 most-viewed Oregon homes for sale: Remodels, mansions, farmhouses, floating homes," 19 Dec. 2020 Featuring two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, the two-story cottage sleeps up to five people. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Queens Cottage by the Water Features Seven Huge Skylights for Stargazing," 1 Dec. 2020 The laboratory occupies a pleasant white cottage on a leafy New Haven street a few steps down Science Hill from the divinity school. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs," 17 Nov. 2020 The adjacent redwood cottage on Coast Boulevard, known as Red Roost, wasn’t burned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plans being made for La Jolla site after fire extensively damages 126-year-old cottage," 8 Nov. 2020 The property included a three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot house on a bluff, two guesthouses, a cottage on the sand, a pool, a tennis court and 90 feet of beach. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: It’s crunch time for sellers looking to unload in 2020," 31 Oct. 2020 The reason: the Secret Service uses a cottage on the club grounds, near the cottages that Trump and his daughter Ivanka use. Author: David A. Fahrenthold, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s company billed the government at least $2.5 million. Here are the key charges.," 28 Oct. 2020 By 2018, this evolved into his takeout shop, initially sharing a bargeboard cottage on Martin Luther King Boulevard with a donut shop run by his brother. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "How a Creole takeout window grew to a new Gentilly seafood restaurant. 'It's our culture'," 9 Sep. 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 "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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The first known use of cottage was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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