cottage industry

noun
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018

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

  1. weaving, pottery, and other cottage industries

Recent Examples of cottage industry from the Web

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First Known Use of cottage industry

1921


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Definition of cottage industry for English Language Learners

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


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