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1. A medieval villein who occupied a cottage with a small piece of land in return for labor.
2. In Scotland and Ireland, a farm worker who, in return for a cottage, gives labor at a fixed rate when required.

[From 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.]


(Historical Terms) Scot (in the Scottish Highlands) a peasant occupying a cottage and land of not more than half an acre at a rent of not more than five pounds a year
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cottar - a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
bucolic, peasant, provincial - a country person
2.cottar - fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
cotter pin - a cotter consisting of a split pin that is secured (after passing through a hole) by splitting the ends apart
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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Wilson Nimmo played the hero Hamish the Hamster, with overtones of Jamesie Cottar from Rab C Nesbitt, to hilarious effect.
It was therefore possible for a visitor to say that 'without feeling that we are infringing the laws of privacy we can pry into the inner life of the humble cottar, view the conditions under which he lives, and see him engaged in his daily employment'.
But when she got to the corner where she expected to see the smiling face of Mr Cottar looking back at her, there was a travel agency.
An equally powerful idea in the late nineteenth-century construction of Scottish identity was that of social inclusiveness, of laird and cottar dancing together without distinction of class.
Therefore in order to prevent further mischief and that he the said Robert Moncur and his wife and others in the neighbourhood may not be in continual terror and hazard from the said William Bran, the session judge it proper that he be shackled and secured in a house and maintained by the parish, for which they reckon it would be requisite that a peck of meal be paid in to the said Robert Moncur by every farmer for every pleughs labouring in his own land, half a peck by everyone having half a pleughs labouring and a lipie by each cottar and grassman within the parish for maintenance of the said William Bran for one year, and ordains the minister to intimate this to the congregation.
Unemployed Dunlop, of Cottar Street, Maryhill, in Glasgow, was originally charged with attempting to murder the baby in the attack on December 10 last year.
The crofting and cottar population of the Highlands and Islands, small though it be, is a nursery of good workers and good citizens for the whole empire.