Meaning of “cottager” in the English Dictionary

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"cottager" in British English

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cottagernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒt.ɪ.dʒər/ us /ˈkɑː.t̬ɪ.dʒɚ/ old use

Examples from literature

  • A cottager had one to five acres of land and depended on others for his living. 
  • More subdivided land holdings in the country made holdings of cottagers minuscule. 
  • The fifth and lowest class included the laborers and cottagers, who were usually tenants at will. 
  • The majority of the cottagers are away in the fields at work, and the place is elsewhere almost quiet. 
  • To every cottager in the parish he was a bounteous benefactor. 

(Definition of “cottager” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)