What does cottage mean?

Definitions for cottage
ˈkɒt ɪdʒcot·tage

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cottage.

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.


  1. cottage

    A cottage is a small, typically old-fashioned and charming house usually found in the countryside, in rural or semi-rural locations. It can also refer to a modest holiday home or bungalow. Originally, in the United Kingdom, it referred to a dwelling of a farmer or agricultural worker.

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. Primo Levi:

    After the planet becomes theirs, many millions of years will have to pass before a beetle particularly loved by God, at the end of its calculations will find written on a sheet of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The new kings of the world will live tranquilly for a long time, confining themselves to devouring each other and being parasites among each other on a cottage industry scale.

  2. Anthony Furtado:

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

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    But the little girl growing up still hisses a tune, that of the cottage train. (Mais la petite fille qui grandit siffle toujours un air, celui du train de la chaumière)”

  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. Horace:

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

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