Definition of cottage in English:

cottage

noun

  • 1A small house, typically one in the country.

    ‘a holiday cottage’
    • ‘They have also refurbished cottages to provide holiday lets for visitors and sportsmen.’
    • ‘Around a dozen estate houses and cottages, a farm and 704 acres of forestry complete the picture.’
    • ‘The properties are a mixture of units, town houses, cottages and villas, with an average of two occupants per dwelling.’
    • ‘The isolated cottage is surrounded by rolling hills with arable farms, and forest.’
    • ‘Sixty houses are believed to have been built by him and rented out at moderate rates, and poor children were invited to his country cottage during the summer holidays.’
    • ‘From the front, the home would be a simple white cottage with a welcoming front porch, topped by a high, peaked black roof.’
    • ‘Many city dwellers still view themselves as partly rural, a fact attested to by a weekend and holiday return to cottages in the countryside.’
    • ‘Those who live in Prague spend their holidays in country cottages working in the garden and enjoying the outdoors.’
    • ‘The most popular form of relaxation for city dwellers is to spend a weekend at a country cottage.’
    • ‘Stepping inside, Allie paused to look around at the cottage's simple elegance.’
    • ‘What if a very noisy family takes the cottage for a weekend retreat?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His newest home was a simple cottage, with a small attic under the roof.’
    • ‘Behind the castle was a small village of simple little cottages.’
    • ‘Located in an area of great natural beauty, this tastefully restored farm cottage will appeal to those seeking peace and seclusion.’
    • ‘It was the simple cottage where he had spent his childhood, recreated in perfect detail.’
    • ‘Next weekend I start a week's holiday in a cottage in the Cotswalds.’
    • ‘Each has its own problems, made up of a different mix of second homes, holiday cottages, long-distance commuters and the wealthy retired.’
    • ‘We lived in a cozy cottage here and ate simple delicious meals.’
    1. 1.1 A simple house forming part of a farm, used by a worker.
      ‘farm cottages’
      • ‘When you step onto the cupped stair tread of an old farm cottage or Victorian rambler you think of all the people who passed this way before you.’
      • ‘Now often the single men working on a farm have a cottage for accommodation and cook for themselves.’
      • ‘Kicking the farm workers out of their cottages and jobs without compensation just seemed like vengeance.’
      • ‘Money was also poured into building cottages for estate workers, servants quarters at the back of the new castle, additional workshops and new stables.’
      • ‘Back then, Rawcliffe was a nothing but a village of two farms and five cottages.’
      • ‘After a quiet stretch, the road passes a disused quarry on the right and then reaches a farm and some cottages.’
      • ‘The house wasn't like other houses; most were simple cottages with a small tool shed and the occasional barn and garden.’
      • ‘The road then bends to the right, past a farm cottage with a boisterous beck tumbling from the brackened heights behind.’
      • ‘Access to the bunker is through a cellar door in a farm cottage next to a quiet road.’
      • ‘Corporal Robert Moulton, farm supervisor, lived in the cottage built on the farm until 1857.’
      • ‘We were able to hire experienced blade shearers who stayed in the cottage on the farm.’
      • ‘Skelton expanded during the 19th century when cottages for farm labourers were built as well as some larger houses.’
      • ‘I'd hoped to keep up the work in a freelance, semidetached kind of way, but in reality, I spent most of my days feathering our nest - a cottage on the farm.’
      • ‘Crouching, he could see through the window to the farm fields behind the cottage.’
      • ‘The first permanent settlers built a stone cottage on the farm in 1852.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sam started his talk by showing how things were in days gone by, showing slides of a once thriving community, including a school, cottages for the cement workers, and most importantly the ferryman's house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All except one are outside in converted farm cottages, just a quick saunter across a courtyard.’
      • ‘Budding archaeologists will be able to ‘excavate’ a medieval burial site as well as parts of a Roman fortress, a Viking city and Victorian workers' cottages.’
      small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty
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  • 2British informal (in the context of casual homosexual encounters) a public toilet.

verb

[no object]usually as noun cottaging
British
informal
  • Perform homosexual acts in a public toilet.

    ‘I was busted for cottaging’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cottage

/ˈkɒtɪdʒ/