Meaning of "Cottier, Cotter"

a rural laborer living in a cottage.
an Irish peasant holding land by cottier tenure.


cottier (ˈkɒtɪə)
1. (Animals) another name for cotter21
2. (Historical Terms) (in Ireland) a peasant farming a smallholding under cottier tenure (the holding of not more than half an acre at a rent of not more than five pounds a year)
3. another name for cottager1
[C14: from Old French cotier; see cote1, coterie]