Cottage-industry meaning

A small-scale industry, with relatively few employees or a limited customer base or low economic impact.
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The definition of a cottage industry is a manufacturing activity operated at home.

The handcrafts sold on Etsy.com are an example of a cottage industry.

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A usually small-scale industry carried on at home by family members using their own equipment.
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A small, loosely organized, yet flourishing complex of activity or industry.
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Any relatively small-scale business operation carried on as from the home.
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Any limited pursuit or activity involving an unusually large number of independent participants.

James Joyce scholarship is a cottage industry among U.S. academics.

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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.

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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.
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