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 cottage (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of cottage in a Sentence

We rented a cottage for the weekend. She owns a cottage at the beach.
Recent Examples on the Web Scudlark, for example, remembers that one of her favorite beach plum trees disappeared when the cottage nearby was torn down and replaced with a larger, more modern home. Emily Lytle,, 13 Sep. 2021 Nowhere is this mix more clear than in the cottage’s main living area. House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2021 Six months later, after painting and furnishing the interior and renovating the basement, Mr. Plencner put the cottage on booking websites. Jessica Flint, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 The Hilton, South Carolina couple, originally from Buffalo, has had the cottage more than 40 years. Lisa Baumann, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2021 The cottage sits on the banks of the Kanawha River and has its own private dock, the ideal spot for snuggling up with a blanket to watch everything from sunrise to moonrise. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2021 Residents who were inside the cottage at the time were not injured. David Aaro, Fox News, 21 July 2021 According to property records, the cottage was built in 1972 and had been owned by the same family since. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 According to property records, the cottage was built in 1972 and had been owned by the same family since., 16 July 2021

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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 "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.

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

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“Cottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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