(also cotter)
noun historical (in Scotland and Ireland) a farm labourer or tenant occupying a cottage in return for labour.
OE, from cot2 + -ar4.

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  • Cottar —    The ancestor of the Cotton family.    The oldest known member of the Cotton family, though in fact the name Cotton would not appear until the time of his grandson Holman Cotton. Cottar was born in the year 1220 by the Shire reckoning, that is… …   J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary

  • Cottar — Cotter Cot ter, Cottar Cot tar (k?t t?r), n. [LL. cotarius, cottarius, coterius. See {Cot}.] A cottager; a cottier. Burns. [1913 Webster] Through Sandwich Notch the West Wind sang Good morrow to the cotter. Whittier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cottar — Cottier Cot ti*er ( t[i^]*[ e]r), n. [OF. cotier. See {Coterie}, and cf. {Cotter}.] In Great Britain and Ireland, a person who hires a small cottage, with or without a plot of land. Cottiers commonly aid in the work of the landlord s farm.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cottar — or cotter noun Etymology: Middle English cottar, from Medieval Latin cotarius, from Middle English cot Date: 14th century a peasant or farm laborer who occupies a cottage and sometimes a small holding of land usually in return for …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cottar — noun variant spelling of “cotter” in the sense of a farmer …   Wiktionary

  • cottar — n. cottager; peasant farmer; tenant farmer; pin, peg …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cottar — See Cottager Cottars …   Medieval glossary

  • cottar — /ˈkɒtə/ (say kotuh) noun 1. Scottish a person occupying a plot of land under a system similar to cottier tenure. 2. Irish cottier. 3. a cottager. Also, cotter. {Medieval Latin cotārius, from cota, from Old English cot. See cot2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • cottar — n. (also cotter) 1 Sc. & hist. a farm labourer or tenant occupying a cottage in return for labour as required. 2 Ir. hist. = COTTIER. Etymology: COT(2) + ER(1) (Sc. ar) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Godalming (hundred) — infobox historic subdivision Name= Godalming HQ= Status= hundred Start= in antiquity End= Replace= PopulationFirst= PopulationFirstYear= PopulationLast= PopulationLastYear= AreaFirst= AreaFirstYear= AreaLast= AreaLastYear= Godalming was an… …   Wikipedia