Definition of cottage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒtɪdʒ/


1A small house, typically one in the country: a holiday cottage
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  • About a third of homes in the upper Yorkshire Dales are second homes or holiday cottages and three-quarters of house sales are to outsiders.
  • Some 40 per cent of the houses are either holiday cottages or weekend havens for wealthy townies.
  • Those who live in Prague spend their holidays in country cottages working in the garden and enjoying the outdoors.
1.1A simple house forming part of a farm, used by a worker: farm cottages
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  • Now often the single men working on a farm have a cottage for accommodation and cook for themselves.
  • The production company has applied for the access road that leads to the farm and four cottages to be closed 24-hours a day for a month for filming purposes.
  • There are some days when the trees just seem greener than ever, the cottages and farms seem more romantic, and the sunshine seems to follow in your path.
small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty;
holiday home, holiday cottage, retreat;
home, residence, place, abode;
in Scotland bothy;
in Russia dacha;
in France gîte;
Scottish  but and ben;
South African  rondavel
informal pad, semi
North American informal crib
Australian informal weekender
literary bower
archaic cot
2British informal (In the context of casual homosexual encounters) a public toilet.


[no object] (usually as noun cottaging) British informal
Perform homosexual acts in a public toilet: I was busted for cottaging



Example sentences
  • Hanging baskets abound in pleasant, semi-urban imitation of cottagey kitsch.
  • Lots of people do more intermingled plantings, in the cottagey way, but that's not for me.
  • Over the years, Kathy's gardening style has evolved from an English-influenced formality to a more relaxed, cottagey vision.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cotage and Anglo-Latin cotagium, from cot2 or cote.

Words that rhyme with cottage

pottage, wattage

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Line breaks: cot|tage

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