1. a small simple house, esp in a rural area
2. US and Canadian a small house in the country or at a resort, used for holiday purposes
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A small rustic country house of the late eighteenth century.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a single-family, individual residence (either urban or rural) on a small plot of land. Most cottages have two stories and an interior staircase. On the first floor there are usually pantries, a living room, and a kitchen; the bedrooms are on the second floor. After its emergence in England in the late 16th and early 17th century, the cottage became the traditional type of English dwelling. Cottages are also widespread in other European countries (primarily the Scandinavian countries) and in the United States. Most of the cottages in the USSR were built in the 1920's, primarily in new factory settlements.
REFERENCEIkonnikov, A. V. Sovremennaia arkhitektura Anglii…. Leningrad, 1958. Pages 125-40.
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1. A relatively small house, often in a village, in the countryside, in a suburb, or at the seashore.
2. A small vacation house.
3. A dwelling, often temporary, that provides only basic shelter.
An imposing mansion (as found in Newport, Rhode Island). Also see banquette cottage, Cajun cottage, Chicago cottage, Dutch cottage, Normandy cottage, one-and-one-half bay cottage, one-bay cottage, one-room cottage, palma cottage, prairie cottage, raised cottage, tidewater cottage, two-bay cottage.
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