cottage industry


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

Examples of cottage industry in a Sentence

weaving, pottery, and other cottage industries
Recent Examples on the Web In response, some city residents have banded together to form a cottage industry of nonprofits and organizations whose goal is to reduce gun violence and serve gun violence victims, survivors and their families. Michel Martin, NPR, 15 Apr. 2024 As Trump campaigns to retake the White House, polls suggest Republicans have become increasingly willing to accept his pronouncements, even as a cottage industry of fact-checkers suggests reality lies elsewhere. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Recently, a cottage industry operating mostly on social media has sprung up to address this longstanding lack, offering advice and services to thousands of sufferers who turn to the internet for answers. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 25 Mar. 2024 And calling out images that were created by artificial intelligence without proper labeling has become a virtual cottage industry in the media world. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Since then, research and rankings on presidential greatness have bloomed into a cottage industry. Jonathan Bean, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 The direct-sales pitch is that this woman can run a cottage industry from home in her spare time, on her own terms, without having to pay for a babysitter or a business degree, and surrounded by a like-minded community of effusive salespeople and instant friends. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 There is an entire cottage industry around the British royals and their lives, public and private. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2024 The moves are a painful step backward for the venture capital industry, which spent the last decade transforming from a cottage industry into a global force. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cottage industry was in 1849

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“Cottage industry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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