1. a person who lives in a cottage.
  2. Also cotter, cot·ti·er [kot-ee-er] /ˈkɒt i ər/. British. a rural worker; a laborer on a farm or in a small village.
  3. a person having a private house at a vacation resort.

Origin of cottager

First recorded in 1540–50; cottage + -er1
Related formsnon·cot·tag·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cottier


  1. another name for cotter 2 (def. 1)
  2. (in Ireland) a peasant farming a smallholding under cottier tenure (the holding of not more than half an acre at a rent of not more than five pounds a year)
  3. another name for cottager (def. 1)

Word Origin for cottier

C14: from Old French cotier; see cote 1, coterie


  1. a person who lives in a cottage
  2. a rural labourer
  3. mainly Canadian a person holidaying in a cottage, esp an owner and seasonal resident of a cottage in a resort area
  4. history another name for cotter 2
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