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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
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|Noun||1.||cottar - a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands|
|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