cottage industry


Definition of cottage industry

1 : an industry whose labor force consists of family units or individuals working at home with their own equipment
2 : a small and often informally organized industry
3 : a limited but enthusiastically pursued activity or subject this debate about sex and law became a cottage industry for feminist academics— Wendy Kaminer

Examples of cottage industry in a Sentence

weaving, pottery, and other cottage industries
Recent Examples on the Web And enterprising folks have taken note, with the visas launching a cottage industry of sorts: In 2018, the Citizenship by Investment Property Fair (CBIPF) launched its inaugural event at the Nile Ritz Carlton, in Cairo, Egypt. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "It’s never been easier for the rich and powerful to live in any country they want," 14 Nov. 2019 Two years ago, ICOs like Meiri’s lured billions of dollars into blockchain companies and spawned a cottage industry of pilot projects. Wired, "What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much," 28 Oct. 2019 The co-founder and chief producer of East Bay rap collective the HBK Gang is one of the architects, alongside collaborators Iamsu and Sage the Gemini, of a cottage industry of post-hyphy party music. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 7 Oct. 2019 In response, a cottage industry of unregulated and overcrowded daycare centers, mostly run by local women out of their homes, has sprung up around the factories. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Who looks after the children of the workers who make our clothes?," 31 Oct. 2019 These curse tablets are so uniform that historians assume that there was a cottage industry of scribes or magicians churning them out. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How We Came to Live in “Cursed” Times," 7 Oct. 2019 The idea of Remembering A Guy is one pioneered by Deadspin’s David Roth, who has built a small cottage industry out of plucking semi-obscure names from the depths of the sport and resurrecting them online. Jon Tayler,, "37 MLB Players Destined to Become 'Guys' Who Will Be Remembered," 17 Sep. 2019 In the past few years, podcasting has grown from a cottage industry into big business, with 93 million listeners and $479 million in yearly advertising revenue in the United States, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "As Podcast Industry Grows, Licensing Music Can Get Complicated -- and Pricey," 12 Sep. 2019 Used to automatically tag photos on Facebook and unlock people’s iPhones, the systems have fueled a cottage industry of companies offering to secure school entryways, unlock office doors and identify people at public events. Drew Harwell, The Denver Post, "Summer camps use facial recognition so parents can watch from home," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cottage industry

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cottage industry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cottage industry

: a system for making products to sell in which people work in their own homes and use their own equipment

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