cottage industry


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cottage industry

n.
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).

cottage industry

n
(Commerce) an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment

cot′tage in`dustry


n.
1. a business in which goods are produced in the home for commercial use or sale.
2. any small-scale, loosely organized industry.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cottage industry - small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment
manufacture, industry - the organized action of making of goods and services for sale; "American industry is making increased use of computers to control production"
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