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  

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  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. Chef Ana Roš:

    When we were young, we had this fermented cottage cheese with bald potatoes, but it is such a strong spicy taste that it was too strong for the new generation, and the trade died out.

  2. 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.

  3. Laurel Bossen:

    You have to link hands and feet. Footbound women did valuable handwork at home in cottage industries. The image of them as idle sexual trophies is a grave distortion of history.

  4. Horace:

    Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.

  5. Anthony Furtado:

    I opened the cottage door, put the light on and I found him hanging. He was hanging.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. breastwork
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