the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.
any small-scale, loosely organized industry.
Origin of cottage industry
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples 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.The BYU Solar Cooker/Cooler|Steven E. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for cottage industry
an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment
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