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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World English Dictionary
cottage (ˈkɒtɪdʒ)
1.  a small simple house, esp in a rural area
2.  (US), (Canadian) a small house in the country or at a resort, used for holiday purposes
3.  (US) one of several housing units, as at a hospital, for accommodating people in groups
4.  slang a public lavatory
[C14: from cot²]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Bible Dictionary

Cottage definition

(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.

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Example sentences
Shacks don't have kitchens and bathrooms, and a cottage is larger than a tiny
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
But that place is a tiny cottage compared to the proposed new headquarters.
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