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cottage

[kot-ij] /ˈkɒt ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a small house, usually of only one story.
2.
a small, modest house at a lake, mountain resort, etc., owned or rented as a vacation home.
3.
one of a group of small, separate houses, as for patients at a hospital, guests at a hotel, or students at a boarding school.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cotage. See cot2, -age; compare Medieval Latin cotagium, apparently < Anglo-French
Related forms
cottaged, adjective
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Examples from the web 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

cottage

/ˈkɒtɪdʒ/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: from cot²
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Word Origin and History for cottage
n.

late 13c., from Old French cote "hut, cottage" + Anglo-French suffix -age (probably denoting "the entire property attached to a cote"). Old French cot is probably from Old Norse kot "hut," cognate of Old English cot, cote "cottage, hut," from Proto-Germanic *kutan (cf. Middle Dutch cot, Dutch kot).

Meaning "small country residence" (without suggestion of poverty or tenancy) is from 1765. Modern French cottage is a 19c. reborrowing from English. Cottage industry is attested from 1921. Cottage cheese is attested from 1831, American English, earliest in reference to Philadelphia:

There was a plate of rye-bread, and a plate of wheat, and a basket of crackers; another plate with half a dozen paltry cakes that looked as if they had been bought under the old Court House; some morsels of dried beef on two little tea-cup plates: and a small glass dish of that preparation of curds, which in vulgar language is called smear-case, but whose nom de guerre is cottage-cheese, at least that was the appellation given it by our hostess. ["Miss Leslie," "Country Lodgings," Godey's "Lady's Book," July 1831]

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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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