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1. A usually small-scale industry carried on at home by family members using their own equipment.
2. A small, loosely organized, yet flourishing complex of activity or industry: "The study of Gandhi has become a virtual cottage industry in the last 30 years, producing schools, museums, foundations and more than 400 biographies" (Jean Strouse).
(Commerce) an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment
1. a business in which goods are produced in the home for commercial use or sale.
2. any small-scale, loosely organized industry.
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