a small house, especially in the country a charming country cottage with roses around the door (British English) a holiday cottage See related entries: Buildings, Holiday accommodation, Types of home Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cotage and Anglo-Latin cotagium, from cot, a small shelter for livestock or cote, a shelter for mammals or birds.Extra examples It was her dream to have a little cottage in the country They built a small guest cottage on their land. They lived in a tied cottage on the estate. They put us up in a guest cottage next to their house. We rented a cottage for a week. We stayed in a cottage on a farm. James lived in a charming country cottage with honeysuckle around the door. They rented a holiday cottage in the middle of nowhere.