co·​coon·​ing kə-ˈkü-niŋ How to pronounce cocooning (audio)
: the practice of spending leisure time at home in preference to going out

Examples of cocooning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To create a lively rhythm in your space, dot it with a trending theme of colorful pillows and throws in a myriad of textures, suggests DeLeon, who relies on plush velvet and fabrics to elevate a bedroom's cocooning effect. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Jan. 2024 At their best, road races can still provide the in-person communal experience that was already on the wane before the pandemic accelerated the forces of alienation and digital cocooning. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2021 Aside from savoring her cocooning moments with Leo, Palmer is definitely out in these streets. Emil Wilbekin, Essence, 21 Aug. 2023 Sets by Parachute Home and Bed Threads make encore appearances in this list—a testament to the cocooning comfort of each brands' sheet sets., 10 May 2023 The marble bathroom, meanwhile, has thick, cocooning towels and Turkish cotton bath-robes as well as Noble Isle toiletries – a nod to the hotel’s ode to great Britishness. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 5 May 2023 A few months of quiet cocooning before the cycle of busyness starts again. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2023 One caveat: Since it's designed for two people, there can be a slight cocooning effect when used by a single occupant. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 The perfect cocooning space, the treatment rooms are carved out of the cellars – which were also used as a shelter in World War II. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocooning was in 1986

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“Cocooning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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