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


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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The popular bakery-cafe Honeycomb in Hamilton sits behind an office building looking like a small New England cottage that someone has given a lot of attention. Sheryl Julian,, "The popular bakery-cafe Honeycomb in Hamilton celebrates its first year," 2 July 2018 Accommodations: 22 suites in cozy, neutral-tone cottages. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Hedge Fund Pioneer Turned Accidental Luxury Hotelier," 19 June 2018 While at the cottage, in the full bloom of their love, Thomas paints a portrait of Michael standing in the doorway at sunset wearing an orange shirt — the image referred to in the title of the film. David Zurawik,, "TV ad in governor's race and PBS film sound similar themes on gay life, love," 14 June 2018 Nine rooms in eight cottages, some with kitchenettes, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Peggy enjoyed caring for her family and hosting many joyous holidays at her home and at the family cottage on Columbia Lake., "Margaret Amelia Russell," 11 July 2018 Every room at Strawberry Hill is a standalone private suite, cottage, or villa nestled in the mountains, complete with stunning views from an altitude of 3,000 feet. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Resort is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret," 27 June 2018 The housing there was in little cottages, which were also nice. Letizia Rossi, The Cut, "I Worked at an ‘Unaccompanied Alien Child’ Shelter," 21 June 2018 The home's architect, Barry Smith, was asked to replicate the look and feel of the popular wooden cottage, but not its modest 3,700-square-foot layout. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $2.2 million Zionsville home is a super-sized Southern Living cottage," 8 June 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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