Definition of cosset in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäsət/

verb (cossets, cosseting, cosseted)

[with object]
Care for and protect in an overindulgent way: all her life she’d been cosseted by her family
More example sentences
  • For a large part its because we've been cosseted and protected by America.
  • The silence comes from an allegedly compassionate desire to protect or cosset the poor, rather than treating them like responsible adults.
  • And it's not just pampered pooches and cosseted cats who are in with a chance of stealing the show.


Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting a lamb brought up by hand, later a spoiled child): probably from Anglo-Norman French coscet 'cottager', from Old English cotsǣta 'cottar'.

  • In the 16th century a lamb brought up by hand as a pet was known as a cosset. The term was later used to refer to a spoiled child, and this is where the modern sense, ‘to pamper someone’, came from. The origin of the word is probably Old French coscet ‘cottager’. Compare pet

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Syllabification: cos·set

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