Late Middle English, from Anglo-Norman cotage and Medieval Latin cotagium, from Old Northern French cot, cote (“hut, cottage”) + -age (“surrounding property”), from Proto-Germanic *kutan, *kuta- (“shed”), probably of non-Indo-European origin, possibly borrowed from Uralic; compare Finnish kota (“hut, house”) and Hungarian ház (“house”), both from Proto-Finno-Ugric/Proto-Uralic *kota. However, also compare Dutch and English hut.
Slang sense “public toilet” from 19th century, due to resemblance.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒtɪd͡ʒ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑtɪd͡ʒ/, [ˈkɑɾɪd͡ʒ]
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- Hyphenation: cot‧tage
- Rhymes: -ɒtɪdʒ
cottage (plural cottages)
- A small house.
- A seasonal home of any size or stature, a recreational home or a home in a remote location.
- Most cottages in the area were larger and more elaborate than my home.
- (UK, slang, archaic) A public lavatory.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom
- (Polari) A meeting place for homosexual men.
- → French: cottage
- To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.
- (intransitive, Polari, of men) To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.
cottage m (plural cottages)
- “cottage”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
cottage m (uncountable)
- cottage cheese (a cheese curd product)