cot·​tage | \ ˈkä-tij How to pronounce cottage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cottagey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cottage


bach [New Zealand], 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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After two years as a cottage business out of her home, the shop allows her to expand her business to folks looking for less than entire wedding or birthday cake. Fortune, "Don’t Miss This Off-the-Radar Foodie Oasis on the Canadian Border," 15 Sep. 2019 Developers have received site plan approval for SouthPoint cottage subdivision at 545 E. Beach Blvd. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy industrial property," 15 Sep. 2019 The postponement delays a decision on whether to exempt a display of low-income manufactured housing cottages from the site plan review process. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, Potterheads and muggles alike can actually stay at the famous groundskeeper's cottage themselves for an entire week for just $1. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Stay in Hagrid’s Hut For an Entire Week For Just $1," 11 Sep. 2019 An additional 400-plus square feet in a detached cottage offers fabulous flexible space to customize. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Retreat to this light, airy custom-built Almaden Valley home," 10 Sep. 2019 Just north of Johns Hopkins University and about three miles from downtown, Guilford includes a mix of residences — mansions, cottages and row houses — in broad range of popular 20th century revivalist architectural styles. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "These impressive Baltimore homes once housed 20th century elite. But are they marketable to today’s buyers?," 5 Sep. 2019 Vyacheslav Abanichev was at his family’s summer cottage outside Moscow when his son called to say that a group of unknown men were banging on the door of the family’s apartment. Washington Post, "Russian crackdown on protesters seen as intimidation tactic," 3 Sep. 2019 Accommodations are usually in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage or other station buildings. Erin Williams, Twin Cities, "Beacons of possibility: Light stations offer accommodations to travelers across the country," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cottage

15th 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 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cottage

: a small house especially in the country


cot·​tage | \ ˈkät-ij How to pronounce cottage (audio) \

Kids Definition of cottage

: a small house usually in the country or for vacation use

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