\ ˈkät How to pronounce cot (audio) \

Definition of cot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small house
2 : cover, sheath especially : stall sense 4

Definition of cot (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a small usually collapsible bed often of fabric stretched on a frame
2 British : crib sense 2b

Definition of cot (Entry 3 of 3)


First Known Use of cot

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cot

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse kot small hut

Noun (2)

Hindi & Urdu khāṭ bedstead, from Sanskrit khaṭvā, perhaps of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil kaṭṭil bedstead

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The first known use of cot was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cot. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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\ ˈkät How to pronounce cot (audio) \

Kids Definition of cot

: a narrow bed often made to fold up


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Medical Definition of cot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a protective cover for a finger

called also fingerstall



Medical Definition of cot (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wheeled stretcher for hospital, mortuary, or ambulance service

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