cottage industry Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “cottage industry” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of cottage industry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cottage industry" in Business English

See all translations

cottage industrynoun [C]

uk   us  
WORKPLACE a ​smallbusiness in which ​peoplework in their own homes: They make and ​market beeswax ​cosmeticsproducts as a cottage ​industry. Traditional cottage ​industries such as ​handicrafts continue to ​play a role in the ​economies of all Asian countries.
used to ​talk about a ​businessactivity in which there are many ​individuals or ​smallcompaniesworking in ways that are unusual for larger ​companies: Turning what was basically a cottage ​industry into a ​thrivingbusiness took ​energy and ​determination. At first ​computer games were ​produced by a cottage ​industry of ​homeprogrammers.
(Definition of cottage industry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cottage industry”
in Chinese (Simplified) 家庭小工业…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家庭小工業…
What is the pronunciation of cottage industry?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“cottage industry” in Business English

Just who is driving this thing?
Just who is driving this thing?
by ,
May 03, 2016
by Colin McIntosh Do you remember Herbie the Love Bug? Herbie was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle car in a string of Walt Disney movies. In typical Disney anthropomorphic style, Herbie goes his own way, falls in love, cries, plays jokes, and generally has a mind of his own. While the new driverless cars, like those being

Read More 

Word of the Day

galaxy

one of the independent groups of stars in the universe

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More