Definition of cottager in English:



  • 1A person living in a cottage.

    • ‘Country people were more practical, but from the 17th century, cottagers as well as landed gentry took immense pride in their plants.’
    • ‘These changes provoked the anger of William Cobbett, who wished to return to a golden age when England was still a land of prosperous yeomen farmers and contented cottagers.’
    • ‘During the hiking craze of the 1930s, hungry cottagers would throw stones at the knapsacked townies who came to gawp.’
    • ‘Evidence shows that smallholders and cottagers were less likely to have kinsmen on the manor than large or middling tenants.’
    • ‘Following an addition to his already numerous family, a poor cottager went out at night in search of a godfather for his newly born child.’
    • ‘Half were cottagers, landless farm laborers, or vagrants, and one-seventh worked exclusively in textiles, mining, and other village industries.’
    • ‘The number of landless labourers and cottagers soared.’
    • ‘As a result, large groups were excluded from politics, such as wage laborers, poor peasants, cottagers, land workers, and women.’
    • ‘Those who lost out were the small tenants or cottagers who might receive some compensation for the loss of a strip in a consolidated field but nothing for the loss of customary rights on the common land.’
    • ‘Where only the larger farmers possessed legal title to common pastures and open fields, but cottagers customarily used them for pasture and gleaning, opposition from the land-poor majority could block enclosure.’
    • ‘The cottager turned out of his own bed to let the agent sleep in it, and went to sleep with his cow.’
    • ‘The display of flowers in all sections was good, and the vegetables in the cottagers ' class were excellent.’
    • ‘Thus he effectively blocked off access to those without vehicles, fully pleasing the established cottagers there by preventing mass transit.’
    1. 1.1North American A person holidaying in a cottage.
      • ‘It also suggested his parity with the region's affluent summer cottagers, many of them from Boston, who were his patrons.’
      • ‘The real villains of this piece are the weekend cottagers, who bring little to our communities except inflated house prices.’
      • ‘But more and more people in this age are attracted by the Island's very isolation, and there has been a recent upsurge in the number of summer cottagers, a trend that is only likely to continue.’
      • ‘During the summer, it also seems a bit like a base camp, full of cottagers and hikers ready to start up the Bruce Peninsula.’
      • ‘I think that boaters, cottagers, and the local people could co-exist just fine with this project.’
      • ‘The cottagers counter that they pay property taxes, too, and they're resentful that their political impact is mitigated by the fact that they're not allowed to vote in elections held in the communities where their cottages are.’
      • ‘The area was also prime wilderness vacation country for fishers, canoeists, cottagers and others.’
  • 2informal A man who performs homosexual acts in a public toilet.