Meaning of COTTAGE in English


cot ‧ tage S3 W3 /ˈkɒtɪdʒ $ ˈkɑː-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Anglo-French ; Origin: cotage , from English cot 'cottage' , from Old English ]

a small house in the country:

a country cottage

We’re staying in a holiday cottage in Dorset.

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▪ little/small/tiny

He lived all his life in a small cottage by the river.

▪ remote (=far from any towns)

There’s a remote cottage in the mountains where we go for walking holidays.

▪ picturesque (=pretty)

Would you prefer to live in a modern house or a picturesque cottage?

▪ a thatched cottage (=with a roof made from dry straw)

a row of small thatched cottages

▪ a country cottage (=in the countryside)

A lot of people dream of living in a country cottage.

▪ a stone cottage

The village is full of old stone cottages with thatched roofs.

▪ a holiday cottage British English (=that people use or rent for holidays)

We rented a holiday cottage in Wales.

▪ a weekend/summer cottage (=that the owners go to at weekends or in the summer)

They live in London but they also have a weekend cottage by the sea.

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▪ house a building that someone lives in, especially one that is intended for one family, person, or couple to live in:

Annie and Rick have just bought their first house.


The price of houses is going up all the time.

▪ detached house British English a house that is not joined to another house:

a detached four-bedroomed house

▪ semi-detached house British English a house that is joined to another house on one side

▪ terraced house British English , row house American English one of a row of houses that are joined together

▪ townhouse one of a row of houses that are joined together. In British English, townhouse is often used about a large and impressive house in a fashionable area of a city:

an 18th-century townhouse in Bath

▪ cottage a small house in the country – used especially about houses in the UK:

a little cottage in the country


a thatched cottage (=with a roof made of straw)

▪ bungalow a small house that is all on one level:

Bungalows are suitable for many elderly people.

▪ country house a large house in the countryside, especially one that is of historical interest:

The hotel was originally an Edwardian country house.

▪ mansion a very large house:

the family’s Beverly Hills mansion

▪ mobile home ( also trailer American English ) a type of house that can be pulled by a large vehicle and moved to another place

▪ ranch house American English a long narrow house that is all on one level:

a California ranch house

▪ duplex American English a house that is divided into two separate homes

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.