What does Cottage mean?

Definitions for Cottage
ˈkɒt ɪdʒcot·tage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bungalow, cottagenoun

    a small house with a single story


  1. cottagenoun

    A small house; a cot; a hut.

  2. cottagenoun

    A seasonal home of any size or stature. A recreational home or a home in a remote location.

  3. cottageverb

    Of men: To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.

  4. cottageverb

    To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.

  5. Etymology: from cot 'cot, cottage' and -age 'surrounding property', from *kutan (compare kot, kūz 'execution pit'), from Scytho-Sarmatian *kuta (compare Avestan kata 'chamber').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cottagenoun

    A hut; a mean habitation; a cot; a little house.

    Etymology: from cot.

    The sea-coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. Zeph. ii. 6.

    They were right glad to take some corner of a poor cottage, and there to serve God upon their knees. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 2.

    The self-same sun that shines upon his court,
    Hides not his visage from our cottage, but
    Looks on both alike. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Let the women of noble birth and great fortunes nurse their children, look to the affairs of the house, visit poor cottages, and relieve their necessities. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    It is difficult for a peasant, bred up in the obscurities of a cottage, to fancy in his mind the unseen splendors of a court. Robert South, Sermons.

    Beneath our humble cottage let us haste,
    And here, unenvied, rural dainties taste. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cottagenoun

    a small house; a cot; a hut

  2. Etymology: [From Cot a cottage.]


  1. Cottage

    In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cosy dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location. However there are cottage-style dwellings in cities, and in places such as Canada the term exists with no connotations of size at all. In the United Kingdom the term cottage also tends to denote rural dwellings of traditional build, although it can also be applied to dwellings of modern construction which are designed to resemble traditional ones In certain places the term "cottage" can refer to a vacation/summer home, often located near a body of water. However, in the USA generally this is more commonly called a "cabin", "chalet", or even "camp".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cottage

    kot′āj, n. a small dwelling-house, esp. of labourers, varying greatly in size, appearance, and comfort: a country residence.—adj. Cott′aged, covered with cottages.—n. Cott′ager, one who dwells in a cottage, esp. of labourers.—Cottage allotments, pieces of land allotted to cottagers to be cultivated as gardens; Cottage piano, a small upright piano. [See Cot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cottage

    A type of dwelling.

    The cottage was sufficient to meet the need.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cottage is ranked #89753 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cottage surname appeared 206 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cottage.

    92.2% or 190 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cottage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3180

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cottage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3205

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cottage' in Nouns Frequency: #1109

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cottage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cottage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Cottage in a Sentence

  1. Buckingham Palace:

    The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting the Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017, this long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess's work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.

  2. Allan Glaser:

    We were walking home and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard, he said he couldn't breathe, so I called 911, and we went to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.

  3. Gary Guyton:

    We put out the press release talking about the first one and then our phones started ringing off the hook, we found out basically there's some cottage industries out there that do this for a living. They're looking for debt-for-equity swaps.

  4. Richard Pollack:

    Lice salons as a cottage industry are spreading faster than lice themselves ... I am pretty certain you would not have to drive more than an hour to find someone, business is booming.

  5. Associated Press:

    It’s just been a part of my life because my grandma had a cottage since I was 10, so just kind of a feeling like returning to normal.

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