Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cot \Cot\ (k[o^]t), n. [OE. cot, cote, AS. cot, cote, cottage; akin to D. & Icel. kot, G. koth, kot, kothe. Cf. Coat.]
A small house; a cottage or hut.
The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm.
A pen, coop, or like shelter for small domestic animals, as for sheep or pigeons; a cote.
A cover or sheath; as, a roller cot (the clothing of a drawing roller in a spinning frame); a cot for a sore finger. See also finger cot.
[Cf. Ir. cot.] A small, rudely-formed boat.
Bell cot. (Arch.) See under Bell.
Cot \Cot\ (k[o^]t), n. [AS. cot cottage, bedchamber; or cf. OF. coite, F. couette (E. quilt), LL. cottum, cottus, mattress. See Cot a cottage.] A sleeping place of limited size; a little bed; a cradle; a piece of canvas extended by a frame, used as a bed. [Written also cott.]
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context US English) A simple bed, especially one for portable or temporary purposes; a camp bed. 2 (context nautical English) A wooden bed frame, slung by its corners from a beam, in which officers slept before the introduction of bunks. 3 A crib (child's bed). 4 A cover or sheath. 5 A finger cover used to prevent static discharge. 6 A small, crudely-formed boat. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context archaic English) A cottage or small homestead. 2 A pen, coop, or similar shelter for small domestic animals, such as sheep or pigeons; a cote.
A cot is a camp bed or infant bed.
Cot or COT may also refer to:
Cot is a surname which may refer to:
- Jean-Pierre Cot (born 1937), French professor and judge
- Pierre Cot (1895– 1977), French politician
- Pierre Auguste Cot (1837–1883), French painter of the Academic Classicism school
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (compare Tamil kattil "bedstead").
"hut, cottage;" see cote.
Usage examples of "cot".
Long he abode in that chamber looking at the arras, and wondering whether the sitter in the ivory throne would be any other than the thrall in the greenwood cot.
Everywhere they saw men and women working afield, but no houses of worthy yeomen or vavassors, or cots of good husbandmen.
A clothes airer stacked with damp washing, a pram and a bed were crammed up against a cot from which he swiftly averted his attention.
The abbot greeted him politely and offered him an iron cot in a cell with a south exposure, after apologizing for the fact that the guest suite had been recently exposed to smallpox.
Me and Biel, least we got a solid cot below the hall, and enough food for us and the girls.
It was some hours later, when the recorder was playing loudly in the middle section, that he looked up to see Biset, this time, standing by his cot.
That is to say, the Biter has such things, cots for the officers, all comforts of the home.
His cot was in the third corner, while a fourth actually held a small light safe that Brye had clamped to the floor with special locks.
He was waking up on one of the narrow cots in a small room in the caravanserai on Maracanda, and peoplelive, solid peoplewere forcing their way in through the window.
After a few more minutes of unsuccessfully trying not to think of what lay in store for a celibate nun in a meat show, I trudged over to the Man of Many Colors, who was lying very still on one of the cots, while the Human Lizard and the India Rubber Man took turns rubbing his wrists vigorously and mopping sweat from his forehead.
Chen gestured with one arm, pointing at the opposite side of the room, which was filled with two rows of cots and reclining men.
Six narrow Army cots roughly three feet apart stood one end against the wall in a long line.
Three cots down, Aggie was tying her hair in rag curlers, using a mirror propped on her cross-legged lap.
Agreeing sounds of laughter came from the row of cots, not too loud and not too forceful.
Slowly they all moved toward their own Army cots, unsettled by this sudden intrusion of a stranger among them.