cot·​ta | \ ˈkä-tə How to pronounce cotta (audio) \

Definition of cotta

: a waist-length surplice

Examples of cotta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Workers are cleaning and repairing brick and terra cotta masonry on the exterior of the building and replacing almost 300 limestone blocks on the waiting room exterior facade. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station renovation still moving ahead in pandemic: Where it stands," 5 Aug. 2020 When the project was unveiled, Gang talked about her admiration for such 1920s landmarks as 450 Sutter St., with its florid terra-cotta bays marching to the sky. John King,, "Twisty white Mira tower is dazzling on the skyline, but less so on the ground," 12 July 2020 Ours is handsome little creation, built of cinderblocks, cement and terra-cotta roof tiles. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets surge ahead of today’s big jobs report," 2 July 2020 Some are brownish and look like terra-cotta; others are pure white like those in my ginkgo tree. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "What’s that in your garden? Strange sightings are usually no big deal," 17 June 2020 Cano-Murillo used terra cotta pots, paint and paint brushes, Mod Podge, craft glue and spray varnish. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Refresh your patio or balcony on a budget with 7 DIY ideas that are perfect for Phoenix," 12 June 2020 Constructed in 1925, the Italian Renaissance design features two-tone terra cotta. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic district endorsed for downtown block with George Watts building over property owner's objection," 9 June 2020 Dig up the geraniums in fall, pot them up in a mismatched collection of old terra cotta pots and set them on windowsills to struggle through the winter. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Everything old is new again, especially for this vibrant, colorful and hearty garden plant," 5 June 2020 Floors are tiled in terra cotta, and lofty ceilings retain the original wood beams. New York Times, "House Hunting in Malaysia: A Restored Rowhouse in Penang," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cotta

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotta

Medieval Latin, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kozza coarse mantle — more at coat

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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cotta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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