- 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.
Origin of cottage
Examples from the Web for cottage
When Little Snow White awoke, they asked her who she was and how she had managed to come to their cottage.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Nevertheless, a cottage industry has grown up around the case.Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large
September 29, 2014
If ESPN is a sleek bachelor pad, ESPNW is the cottage next door filled with Activia and ultra-soft toilet paper.Women's Sports Are Getting Less Airtime
August 23, 2014
And then there are the five-times-a-week regulars for whom The Cottage is a culinary touchstone.Finding Food Heaven on the Cali Coast
Jane & Michael Stern
August 17, 2014
Because of a last minute cancelation we got the cottage at a special rate.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This cottage is smaller than its neighbor, and its wooden door is quite black from age.
Just as she opened the door of Andrew's cottage, Wiseli came out of the sitting-room.
Dixon had a cottage there, which he occupied with his wife, and Allis was to stop with them.
They were a very depressed lot at Dixon's cottage that evening.
- a small simple house, esp in a rural area
- US and 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 and History for cottage
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]