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cotton

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noun, often attributive cot·ton \ˈkä-tən\

Simple Definition of cotton

  • : a soft, white material that grows on the seeds of a tall plant and that is used to make cloth; also : the plants on which this material grows

  • : cloth that is made of cotton; also : clothing that is made of this cloth

  • : yarn that is made of cotton

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cotton

  1. 1 a :  a soft usually white fibrous substance composed of the hairs surrounding the seeds of various erect freely branching tropical plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family b :  a plant producing cotton; especially :  one grown for its cotton c :  a crop of cotton

  2. 2 a :  fabric made of cotton b :  yarn spun from cotton

  3. 3 :  a downy cottony substance produced by various plants (as the cottonwood)

Examples of cotton in a sentence

  1. They are in the field picking cotton.

  2. She doesn't wear cotton in the winter.



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Origin of cotton

Middle English coton, from Anglo-French cotun, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic quṭun, quṭn


First Known Use: 14th century

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cotton

verb, cot·ton

Definition of cotton

cottonedcottoning play \ˈkät-niŋ, ˈkä-tən-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take a liking —used with to <cottons to people easily>

  3. 2 :  to come to understand —used with to or on to <cottoned on to the fact that our children work furiously — H. M. McLuhan>



1605

First Known Use of cotton

1605


Cotton

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biographical name Cot·ton \ˈkä-tən\

Definition of Cotton

  1. Charles 1630–1687 Eng. author & translator




Cotton

biographical name cot·ton

Definition of Cotton

  1. John 1585–1652 Am. (Eng.-born) Puritan clergyman





COTTON Defined for Kids

cotton

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noun cot·ton \ˈkä-tən\

Definition of cotton for Students

  1. 1 :  a soft fluffy usually white material made up of twisted hairs that surrounds the seeds of a tall plant of warm regions and is spun into thread or yarn

  2. 2 :  thread, yarn, or cloth made from cotton

cotton adjective <cotton handkerchiefs>



Medical Dictionary

cotton

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noun , often attributive cot·ton \ˈkät-ən\

Medical Definition of cotton

  1. 1:  a soft usually white fibrous substance composed of the hairs surrounding the seeds of various erect freely branching tropical plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family and used extensively in making threads, yarns, and fabrics (as in surgical dressings)

  2. 2:  a plant producing cotton; especially :  one grown for its cotton





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