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cottage

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EtymologyEdit

Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French cot, cote (hut, cottage) + -age (surrounding property). Old Northern French cote probably from Old Norse kot (hut), cognate of Old English cot of same Proto-Germanic origin.

Slang sense “public toilet“ from 19th century, due to resemblance.

NounEdit

cottage (plural cottages)

  1. A small house; a cot; a hut.
  2. A seasonal home of any size or stature. A recreational home or a home in a remote location.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ and if you don't look out there's likely to be some nice, lively dog taking an interest in your underpinning.”
    Most cottages in the area were larger and more elaborate than my home.
  3. (UK, slang, dated) A public toilet.

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Sense “public toilet” dates from 19th century, now only in gay slang.

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cottage (third-person singular simple present cottages, present participle cottaging, simple past and past participle cottaged)

  1. To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.
  2. (intransitive, UK, slang) Of men: To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.

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cottage m (plural cottages)

  1. cottage

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cottage m (uncountable)

  1. cottage cheese (a cheese curd product)