Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
  • noun A small vacation house.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Australia, a dwelling without up-stairs rooms; a house in which all the rooms are on the ground floor: as, a weather-board cottage with twelve rooms.
  • noun A cot; a humble habitation, as of a farm-laborer or a European peasant.
  • noun A small country residence or detached suburban house, adapted to a moderate scale of living.
  • noun A temporary residence at a watering-place or a health- or pleasure-resort, often a large and costly structure.
  • noun In old English law, the service to which a cotset or cotter was bound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small house; a cot; a hut.
  • noun [Eng.] See under Alloment.
  • noun the thick part of clabbered milk strained, salted, and pressed into a ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small house; a cot; a hut.
  • noun A seasonal home of any size or stature. A recreational home or a home in a remote location.
  • noun UK, slang, dated A public toilet.
  • verb To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.
  • verb intransitive, UK, slang Of men: To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.

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

  • noun a small house with a single story

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cotage, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin cotāgium, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman, from Old English cot 'cot, cottage' and -age 'surrounding property', from Proto-Germanic *kutan (compare Old Norse kot, Middle High German kūz 'execution pit'), from Scytho-Sarmatian *kuta (compare Avestan kata 'chamber').

Examples

  • He's also writing lots of magazine articles, updating his website, publishing every issue of The Realist online and, in his spare time, maintaining what he calls his "cottage industry"-- peddling a digitally colored edition of the infamous "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" parody, created by Mad magazine artist Wally Wood and first published in 1967 as a centerspread in The Realist.

    Michael Sigman: Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

  • Rather than feel like an empty or unfilled space, the dream of the cottage is a warm beacon.

    Writer’s Paradise « Write Anything

  • When her cottage is attacked the following night, Coyle leads her into the forest, away from civilization.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • When her cottage is attacked the following night, Coyle leads her into the forest, away from civilization.

    Guest Author: Michelle Raven

  • He's also writing lots of magazine articles, updating his website, publishing every issue of The Realist online and, in his spare time, maintaining what he calls his "cottage industry"-- peddling a digitally colored edition of the infamous "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" parody, created by Mad magazine artist Wally Wood and first published in 1967 as a centerspread in The Realist.

    Michael Sigman: Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

  • A Katrina cottage is a small, permanent house designed as an alternative to the government trailers where many residents are still living.

    USATODAY.com - Gulf Coast taking a look at 'new urbanism'

  • Also, if you do buy on the Gulf, make sure first that your cottage is at least a couple of hundred yards back from the tide's high water mark, or it may be destroyed by another storm of that ferocity.

    Information on beach areas near Progresso/Merida needed

  • Also, if you do buy on the Gulf, make sure first that your cottage is at least a couple of hundred yards back from the tide's high water mark, or it may be destroyed by another storm of that ferocity.

    Information on beach areas near Progresso/Merida needed

  • Also, if you do buy on the Gulf, make sure first that your cottage is at least a couple of hundred yards back from the tide's high water mark, or it may be destroyed by another storm of that ferocity.

    Information on beach areas near Progresso/Merida needed

  • Also, if you do buy on the Gulf, make sure first that your cottage is at least a couple of hundred yards back from the tide's high water mark, or it may be destroyed by another storm of that ferocity.

    Information on beach areas near Progresso/Merida needed

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