cosset

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1570s as noun “lamb brought up as a pet”, 1590s applied to persons, 1650s as verb.[1] Perhaps from Old English cotsæta (cottager), from cot (cottage) (Modern English cot (cottage) (archaic)) + -sæta (-sitter); compare coscet. Compare German Hauslamm (literally house lamb), Italian casiccio.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ˈkɒsɪt/

Verb[edit]

cosset (third-person singular simple present cossets, present participle cosseting, simple past and past participle cosseted)

  1. (transitive) to treat like a pet; to overly indulge
    It cossets the soul.
    The foam cossets your skin.
    The car cossets its occupants in comfort.

Usage notes[edit]

The present and past participles are frequently written with two T’s: cossetting and cossetted

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Painting by Rudolf Epp showing children with a pet lamb or cosset.

Noun[edit]

cosset (plural cossets)

  1. a pet; often specifically a pet lamb
  2. a cosseted person, an indulged person.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 cosset” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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