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[kot-ij] /ˈkɒt ɪdʒ/
a small house, usually of only one story.
a small, modest house at a lake, mountain resort, etc., owned or rented as a vacation home.
one of a group of small, separate houses, as for patients at a hospital, guests at a hotel, or students at a boarding school.
1350-1400; Middle English cotage. See cot2, -age; compare Medieval Latin cotagium, apparently < Anglo-French
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cottaged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for cottage
  • Shacks don't have kitchens and bathrooms, and a cottage is larger than a tiny house.
  • Samuels also maintains a private therapy practice, focussed mainly on issues of addiction, in the guest cottage behind his house.
  • It wasn't a cottage but a run-down house, the sort of place where poor people lived.
  • But that place is a tiny cottage compared to the proposed new headquarters.
  • He soon moved from the gardener's cottage to the main house.
  • It would probably be similar to tasting pickle juice and cottage cheese.
  • Says she's been throwing up for two days, since she ate some bad cottage cheese.
  • He has been able to move his company out of his cottage and into a new headquarters building.
  • In one vat cottage cheese is curding, in another cream cheese is being squeezed.
  • Already its influence has spread into the secret council chamber, as well as into the laborer's cottage.
British Dictionary definitions for cottage


a small simple house, esp in a rural area
(US & Canadian) a small house in the country or at a resort, used for holiday purposes
(US) one of several housing units, as at a hospital, for accommodating people in groups
(slang) a public lavatory
Word Origin
C14: from cot²
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Word Origin and History for cottage
late 13c., from O.Fr. cotage, from cote "hut, cottage" + Anglo-Norm. suffix -age (probably denoting "the entire property attached to a cote"). O.Fr. cot is probably from O.N. kot "hut," cognate of O.E. cot, cote "cottage, hut," from P.Gmc. *kut. Meaning "small country residence" (without suggestion of poverty or tenancy) is from 1765. First record of cottage cheese is from 1848. Cottage industry is attested from 1921.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cottage in the Bible

(1.) A booth in a vineyard (Isa. 1:8); a temporary shed covered with leaves or straw to shelter the watchman that kept the garden. These were slight fabrics, and were removed when no longer needed, or were left to be blown down in winter (Job 27:18). (2.) A lodging-place (rendered "lodge" in Isa. 1:8); a slighter structure than the "booth," as the cucumber patch is more temporary than a vineyard (Isa. 24:20). It denotes a frail structure of boughs supported on a few poles, which is still in use in the East, or a hammock suspended between trees, in which the watchman was accustomed to sleep during summer. (3.) In Zeph. 2:6 it is the rendering of the Hebrew _keroth_, which some suppose to denote rather "pits" (R.V. marg., "caves") or "wells of water," such as shepherds would sink.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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