Meaning of "Cottier, Cotter"

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

cottier

ˈkɒtɪə

cottier

( kɒtɪə )
n
1. (Animals) another name for cotter 2 1
2. (Historical Terms) (in Ireland) a farmer who grows a small farm under most attractive lieutenant (holding no more than half an acre with a rent of no more than five pounds per year)
3. another name for cottager 1
[C14: from Old French