- The definition of a cote is a small shelter where birds or small animals are kept.
An example of a cote is a dove cote, a small building where doves live.
- a small shelter or shed for fowl, sheep, doves, etc.
- Brit., Dialectal a cottage
Origin: Middle English cot
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Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
transitive verb cot·ed, cot·ing, cotes Obsolete
Origin: Probably from French côtoyer, to skirt, from côté, side, from Old French coste, rib; see costrel.