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Pronunciation: /kɒt
 
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noun

British
1A small bed with high barred sides for a baby or very young child.
Example sentences
  • The baby was in the cot at the side of the double bed and the 10-year-old was in the same bedroom.
  • Always put your baby in her cot when falling asleep at night, so that she can learn to associate it with bedtime.
  • Sleeping between five and seven, some have futons for spare beds, cots for babies and can accommodate pets.
1.1A plain narrow bed.
Example sentences
  • He tried to turn over, but the cot was too narrow and he couldn't move.
  • She led me upstairs and showed me a narrow room with a long line of narrow cots.
  • And hence, what you get here is an entire range of household furniture; from sofa sets to dining tables and cots.
1.2North American A camp bed.
Example sentences
  • All the refugees were asleep except for the patrolling officers with flashlights making rounds around the aisles of sleeping bags and cots.
  • They were sleeping on cots and in sleeping bags, and eating out of temporary kitchens.
  • She was lying on a canvas army cot, under a cloth canopy.
1.3 Nautical A bed resembling a hammock hung from deck beams, formerly used by officers.

Origin

mid 17th century (originally Anglo-Indian, denoting a light bedstead): from Hindi khāṭ 'bedstead, hammock'.

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  • We have the British Empire to thank for the child's cot (mid 17th century), which started life as an Anglo-Indian word for a light bedstead. The origin is the Hindi word khāt ‘bedstead or hammock’. A less familiar cot is an old word for a small, simple cottage, used nowadays as a term for a small shelter for livestock. Closely related to this word are cottage (Late Middle English), and cote (Old English) as in dovecote, though that too once meant ‘cottage’.

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cot2

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Pronunciation: /kɒt
 
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noun

2 archaic A small, simple cottage.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; compare with Old Norse kytja 'hovel'; related to cote.

More
  • We have the British Empire to thank for the child's cot (mid 17th century), which started life as an Anglo-Indian word for a light bedstead. The origin is the Hindi word khāt ‘bedstead or hammock’. A less familiar cot is an old word for a small, simple cottage, used nowadays as a term for a small shelter for livestock. Closely related to this word are cottage (Late Middle English), and cote (Old English) as in dovecote, though that too once meant ‘cottage’.

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Pronunciation: /kɒt
 
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abbreviation

Mathematics
Cotangent.
Example sentences
  • Tangent is usually abbreviated to tan and cotangent to cot.
  • As a mathematician he is best known as the first to use the notation cot.

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