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  • n. Alternative form of cotter (peasant inhabiting a cottage)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch spelling of cotter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
  • n. a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands


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  • He was what is called a cottar in Scotland, which name implies that of the large farm upon which he worked for yearly wages he had a little bit of land to cultivate for his own use.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

  • They were, indeed, like other cottars, a kind of feudal dependents, occupying an acre or two of the land, in return for which they performed certain stipulated labour, called cottar-wark.

    Robert Falconer

  • Here, had a cottar encountered me under such circumstances, I would doubtless have been thought a witch or a fairy.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The little party of four stood in its dappled shade by the fallen ruins of a mossy old hut, left long ago by some forgotten cottar.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • He was forced to turn off in order to find a house at which to ask guidance, and the cottar who came out to greet him eyed him with sharp attention when he asked for La Musarderie.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • "I'm a man of my hands," said the cottar confidently.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • This wasn't a cottar or a herder that stood before him.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Hugh knew every cottar and tinker, every farmhouse and manor within four parishes.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • It's taken a time to fill in all the comings and goings of his day, but we've dredged up at last a cottar at the edge of Frankwell who knows him, and saw him going up the pastures to his flock well before Vespers that afternoon.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

  • The first they had spent with a solitary cottar and his wife a mile or so beyond the hamlet of Weston, and the day between had been long, and this second-shelter in the early reaches of the forest came very warmly and gratefully.

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

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