cot·​tage ˈkä-tij How to pronounce cottage (audio)
: the dwelling of a farm laborer or small farmer
: a usually small frame one-family house
: a small detached dwelling unit at an institution
: a usually small house for vacation use
cottagey adjective

Examples of cottage in a Sentence

We rented a cottage for the weekend. She owns a cottage at the beach.
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Word History


Middle English cotage "holding of a free peasant, the peasant's dwelling on such a holding," borrowed from Anglo-French, "tenure of a free peasant owing rent to a lord, rent paid for such a holding," probably from Middle English cot or cote "dwelling of a rural laborer, hut" + Anglo-French -age -age — more at cot entry 1, cote entry 1

Note: Regarding the status of such a holding, see note at cottar.

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cottage was in the 15th century

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“Cottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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cot·​tage ˈkät-ij How to pronounce cottage (audio)
: a small one-family house
: a small house for vacation use

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