cottage industry

  1. the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.

  2. any small-scale, loosely organized industry.

Origin of cottage industry

First recorded in 1920–25

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How to use cottage industry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cottage industry

cottage industry

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

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