Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
  • n. A small vacation house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small house; a cot; a hut.
  • n. A seasonal home of any size or stature. A recreational home or a home in a remote location.
  • n. A public toilet.
  • v. To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.
  • v. Of men: To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small house; a cot; a hut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cot; a humble habitation, as of a farm-laborer or a European peasant.
  • n. A small country residence or detached suburban house, adapted to a moderate scale of living.
  • n. A temporary residence at a watering-place or a health- or pleasure-resort, often a large and costly structure.
  • n. In old English law, the service to which a cotset or cotter was bound.
  • n. In Australia, a dwelling without up-stairs rooms; a house in which all the rooms are on the ground floor: as, a weather-board cottage with twelve rooms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small house with a single story

Etymologies

Middle English cotage, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin cotāgium, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Old English cot 'cot, cottage' and -age 'surrounding property', from Proto-Germanic *kutan (compare Old Norse kot, Middle High German kūz 'execution pit'), from Scytho-Sarmatian *kuta (compare Avestan kata 'chamber'). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He's also writing lots of magazine articles, updating his website, publishing every issue of The Realist online and, in his spare time, maintaining what he calls his "cottage industry"-- peddling a digitally colored edition of the infamous "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" parody, created by Mad magazine artist Wally Wood and first published in 1967 as a centerspread in The Realist.

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  • When her cottage is attacked the following night, Coyle leads her into the forest, away from civilization.

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  • Rather than feel like an empty or unfilled space, the dream of the cottage is a warm beacon.

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  • A Katrina cottage is a small, permanent house designed as an alternative to the government trailers where many residents are still living.

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  • Also, if you do buy on the Gulf, make sure first that your cottage is at least a couple of hundred yards back from the tide's high water mark, or it may be destroyed by another storm of that ferocity.

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  • Every bed in the house was engaged — the people of the house, however, provided me a bed at a place which they called the cottage, on the side of

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  • So they went and stayed in what he called a cottage but what Skylar would have called a mansion on "the Sandringham estate" (it took her a while to work that one out).

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  • The car which the major and Ruth had used in reaching the gardener's cottage from the German front stood panting on the drive.

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  • The castle he identified as the cottage where he and Jenny had spent the summer; the bleary-eyed old peacock was the chicken he had dosed with cayenne pepper, hoping to cure its rheumatism; the pool with the white threads for sunlight was the water-butt into which Tom had fallen from the tiles -- "those are the hairs out of his own old tail."

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  • "Now if you call my cottage dull inside the yard gates at Bristol, I'm with you, Mas 'Don; but after all there's no place like home."

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