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cottage industry


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

  • n. A usually small-scale industry carried on at home by family members using their own equipment.
  • n. A small, loosely organized, yet flourishing complex of activity or industry: "The study of Gandhi has become a virtual cottage industry in the last 30 years, producing schools, museums, foundations and more than 400 biographies” ( Jean Strouse).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A job or occupation carried out at home or on a part-time basis.
  • n. A small-scale industry, with relatively few employees or a limited customer base or low economic impact.

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

  • n. small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment


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