- A medieval villein who occupied a cottage with a small piece of land in return for labor.
- In Scotland and Ireland, a farm worker who, in return for a cottage, gives labor at a fixed rate when required.
Origin of cottarFrom Middle English coter, from Old French coter, cotier; akin to Medieval Latin cotārius : Medieval Latin cota, cottage (of Germanic origin and akin to Old English cot, cottage) + Latin -ārius, adj. and n. suff.
Variant of cotter
a cottager; specif.,
- Scot. a tenant farmer
- Irish a cottier
Origin of cotterMiddle English ; from Old French cotier ; from cote, cottage ; from Old English cot (or Middle Dutch kote), cot
Also sp. cottar