cot·​tag·​er ˈkä-ti-jər How to pronounce cottager (audio)
: a person who lives in a cottage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This time, then, it’s not just a fling with a cottager or a bachelor farmer who hit it off with you. Robert Mcgill, The Atlantic, 23 July 2021 The town has always been a place filled with lake people—its own Ontario character type, comprising enthusiastic cottagers and the more grizzly beachfront locals. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 14 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cottager was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Cottager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



cot·​tag·​er ˈkät-ij-ər How to pronounce cottager (audio)
: one who lives in a cottage
especially : one occupying a private house at a vacation resort
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