cottage industry

cottage industry
noun Date: 1921 1. an industry whose labor force consists of family units or individuals working at home with their own equipment 2. a small and often informally organized industry 3. a limited but enthusiastically pursued activity or subject <
this debate about sex and law became a cottage industry for feminist academics — Wendy Kaminer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cottage industry — ➔ industry * * * cottage industry UK US noun [C] ► WORKPLACE a small business in which people work in their own homes: »They make and market beeswax cosmetics products as a cottage industry. »Traditional cottage industries such as handicrafts… …   Financial and business terms

  • cottage industry — cottage industries N COUNT A cottage industry is a small business that is run from someone s home, especially one that involves a craft such as knitting or pottery. Bookbinding is largely a cottage industry …   English dictionary

  • cottage industry — n an industry that consists of people working at home ▪ Hand weaving is a flourishing cottage industry in the region …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cottage industry — noun count a business that involves people producing things at home …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cottage industry — ► NOUN ▪ a business or manufacturing activity carried on in people s homes …   English terms dictionary

  • cottage industry — n. 1. a manufacturing activity carried on, as in the early part of the Industrial Revolution, by farming out work to be done in the workers homes 2. any relatively small scale business operation carried on as from the home …   English World dictionary

  • cottage industry — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cottage industry : singular cottage industry plural cottage industries 1) a business that involves people producing things at home 2) an informal business arrangement that involves exchanging information or… …   English dictionary

  • cottage industry — noun a) A job or occupation carried out at home or on a part time basis. A craft such as quilting may be pursued as a hobby or as a cottage industry. b) A small scale industry, with relatively few employees or a limited customer base or low …   Wiktionary

  • cottage industry — noun (C) an industry that consists of people working at home: a programme to promote cottage industry in rural areas …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cottage industry — noun small scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment • Hypernyms: ↑industry, ↑manufacture …   Useful english dictionary

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