cos·​set | \ˈkä-sət \

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


The hotel cossets its guests with friendly service. She had a safe, cosseted childhood.

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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 Bedrooms in white, beige, and silvery blue-gray soothe the soul even as the body is cosseted by the plumpest pillows. Condé Nast Traveler, "Lime Wood," 22 Dec. 2017 Guests are completely cosseted by the highly individual, high-spirited staff. Condé Nast Traveler, "Coworth Park," 20 Oct. 2017 Fit and finish of all materials is Mercedes-perfect, and the new, optional Macchiato Beige Exclusive Nappa leather interior cossets driver and passenger in a splendid world. Brian Melton, star-telegram, "Mercedes is expanding the AMG GT family for 2018," 4 Oct. 2017 Macron himself told the magazine Le Point in an interview that the rules would unleash French energy and restore more equality to a system that has cosseted those in work at the expense of the unemployed for years. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "3 Ways Emmanuel Macron Wants to Loosen France’s Rigid Labor Market," 31 Aug. 2017 An enchanted place where you and yours will be amused and amazed with edible delight on artful plates, cosseted and comforted with skilled service so discreet and knowing that even Penn and Teller could not possibly deliver a more magical meal. Beth Segal,, "Cru Uncorked: Almost very fine dining in Moreland Hills," 14 July 2017 Modern America, with its enervating comforts — including cosseting parents — and present-minded education that produces cultural amnesia, must deliberately make its citizens. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "George Will: How to restore American self-reliance," 28 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cosset

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

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