noun[mass noun] historical
(In Ireland) the letting of land in small portions direct to the labourers, at a rent fixed by competition.
- Circumstances in the recent history of Ireland, most disastrous in their first aspect, have done much to break up the system of cottier tenure and to introduce a better kind of cultivation.
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