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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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The camp was started in the mid-nineties, but the Cottar family has operated a safari business since 1919.
Multinomial Logit Regressions Model I Put Cash Cottar Linear (I) (II) (III) Constant -1.
Apesar de o helminto estar localizado no rim, nao foi observado aumento de creatinina, apenas de ureia, diferente dos dados encontrados por Cottar et al.
Such allomorphic variation typically affects either the vowel or the last consonant in the root: note the diphthongization in sentir 'feel' / sento (I-feel), cottar 'count; tell' / cuento (I-count; I-tell), or the fronting of the vowel in pedir 'ask' / pi_do (I-ask), or velar insertion in tener 'have' / tengo (I-have), or consonant alternation in hacer 'do, make' / hago (I-do, I-make).
Wilson Nimmo played the hero Hamish the Hamster, with overtones of Jamesie Cottar from Rab C Nesbitt, to hilarious effect.
No--he that steals a cow from a poor widow, or a stirk from a cottar, is a thief; he that lifts a drove from a Sasenach laird is a gentleman-drover.
Si les premiers safaris impliquaient des dizaines, voire des centaines d'hommes transportant de grandes quantites de materiel, des safaris plus <<legers>> se sont rapidement crees, notamment sous l'impulsion du guide professionnel Charles Cottar et de ses fils, de sorte a etre moins couteux et plus mobiles, repondant ainsi a une demande croissante.
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.
Reggie seems to have modelled himself on George Cottar, the Brushwood Boy, whose hard and conventional exterior concealed a sensitive inner life.
Grits," Glenn Cottar said quietly, stopping suddenly in the tunnel-like passageway made through the bush by Cape buffalo.