Definition of cottage industry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cottage industry

BrE BrE//ˌkɒtɪdʒ ˈɪndəstri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːtɪdʒ ˈɪndəstri//
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a small business in which the work is done by people in their homes Weaving and knitting are traditional cottage industries. Desktop publishing has become a modern cottage industry.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cottage industry