Middle English cotoun, from Anglo-Norman cotun, Old French coton, from (Genoese) Old Italian cotone, from (Egyptian) Arabic قطن (qúţun), Andalusian Arabic [script?] (quṭūn), variants of Arabic قُطْن (quṭn), from the root [script?] (*qţn), possibly originally from Egyptian.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑt.n̩/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒt.n̩/
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- Rhymes: -ɒtən
- Hyphenation: cot‧ton
- A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.
- Gossypium, a genus of plant used as a source of cotton fiber.
- (textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant.
- (countable) An item of clothing made from cotton.
- cotton candy
- cotton pad
- cotton picker
- cotton stripper
- cotton wool
- cotton gin
- cotton card
- cotton blend
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cotton (not comparable)
- Made of cotton.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, The China Governess:
- Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety. She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
1560s, either from Welsh cydun, cytun (“agree, coincide”) (cyduno, cytuno), from cyd, cyt + un (“one”), literally “to be at one with”, or by metaphor with the textile, as cotton blended well with other textiles, notably wool in hat-making.
- To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
2009 March 21, Farhad Manjoo, “A Conference That Starts on Time and Stays on Schedule”, The New York Times:
- The conference — Mr. Allen’s first gathering, and, depending on the economic outlook, maybe his last — brought together entrepreneurs, techies, writers and even some middle managers who’ve cottoned on to his ideas.