Definition of cottage industry in English:

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cottage industry

Pronunciation: /ˈˌkädij ˈindəstrē/


A business or manufacturing activity carried on in a person’s home.
Example sentences
  • Medicine, which was largely a cottage industry until the Second World War, has been transformed by several factors.
  • The considerable increase in business has created a cottage industry in the professions.
  • Despite stiff competition, there is a big demand for cheap varieties of detergent powder, which can be manufactured as a cottage industry.

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Syllabification: cot·tage in·dus·try

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