cottage industry


noun

the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.
any small-scale, loosely organized industry.

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Origin of cottage industry

First recorded in 1920–25
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Example sentences from the Web for cottage industry

  • And individuals can make their own solar cookers easily, or start a cottage-industry to manufacture them for others.

British Dictionary definitions for cottage industry

cottage industry

noun

an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment
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