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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.
Origin of cottage
1350-1400; Middle English cotage. See cot2, -age; compare Medieval Latin cotagium, apparently < Anglo-French
Related forms
cottaged, adjective Unabridged
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  • But she began to be restless and wanted to return to her own cottage.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Dorothea and I were not sure that Mrs. Coleridge enjoyed the cottage as much as he did.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • The inmates of the cottage were a woman, a tom-cat, and a hen.

    Golden Grain Various
  • Deborah kissed him in a loud, hearty way, and led him in triumph to the cottage.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • From the palace to the cottage, said Mr. Erin in his enthusiasm, though probably it only reached the cottage orn.

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 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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