[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cotransport,
  2. cotswold,
  3. cotswold hills,
  4. cotswolds,
  5. cotta,
  6. cottage cheese,
  7. cottage country,
  8. cottage flat,
  9. cottage fries,
  10. cottage grove

Origin of cottage

1350–1400; Middle English cotage. See cot2, -age; compare Medieval Latin cotagium, apparently < Anglo-French

Related formscot·taged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cottage


/ (ˈkɒtɪdʒ) /


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 for cottage

C14: from cot ²

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Word Origin and History for cottage


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