cos·​set | \ ˈkä-sət How to pronounce cosset (audio) \

Definition of cosset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pet lamb broadly : pet


cosseted; cosseting; cossets

Definition of cosset (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a pet : pamper

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Examples of cosset in a Sentence

Verb The hotel cossets its guests with friendly service. She had a safe, cosseted childhood.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For most of his youth, he was cosseted by his family. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Untangling Andy Warhol," 1 June 2020 There, the rich are indulged, protected, and cosseted, while the poor are punished, humiliated, and cast into chaos. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Whither Kamala Harris? A Failed-State Senator’s Failing Campaign," 31 Oct. 2019 But the old guard are wrong to say that the ECB is deliberately cosseting the southerners. The Economist, "What to make of the strife at the ECB," 10 Oct. 2019 That's particularly true in higher-spec models with cosseting quilted-leather seats in a spot-on driving position. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 From Paris to the World Denver Art Museum Through March 3, 2019 Femininity cosseted in classicism, ardently cultured; marketing and licensing newly and aggressively global—in Dior’s hands the couture house was suddenly an expression of empire. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Huguette's former physician, Dr. Jules Pierre, had been affiliated with the hospital, where the staff was used to cosseting well-to-do patients. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Try the House Salad -- romaine, sunflower seeds and explosive salt bomblets of fried capers cosseted with goat cheese and a smooth balsamic vinaigrette. Beth Segal,, "Il Rione Pizzeria: A passion for pizza in Gordon Square," 11 May 2018 For weeks after the funeral, John, Max and I were cosseted, cared for by many wonderful people who brought us food and sat in our living room. Ann Bauer, Washington Post, "Our anger is poisoning us. Here’s what I learned after my son died.," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cosset


1579, in the meaning defined above


1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosset


origin unknown

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The first known use of cosset was in 1579

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“Cosset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cosset

formal : to give (someone) a lot of care and attention or too much care and attention

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