- The definition of cotton is made of the soft and fluffy material that comes from some plants.
An example of cotton used in an adjective is in the phrase "cotton suit."
- Cotton is defined as a plant, or the soft cloud-like substance that comes from shrubby plants and is used to make thread or cloth.
An example of cotton is the stuffing inside a teddy bear.
A field of cotton ready for the harvest.
- the soft, white seed hairs filling the seedpods of various shrubby plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family, originally native to the tropics
- a plant or plants producing this material
- the crop of such plants
- thread or cloth made of cotton
- a downy, cottonlike substance growing on other plants
Origin of cottonMiddle English cotoun ; from Old French coton ; from (? via Italian cotone) Arabic quṭun ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Egyptian
Origin of cotton? < notion of cotton mixing well with wool, etc.Informal
- to become drawn to; take a liking to
- Chiefly Brit. to become aware of (a situation)also cotton on to
cotton up to
- a. Any of various shrubby plants of the genus Gossypium, having showy flowers and grown for the soft white downy fibers surrounding oil-rich seeds.b. The fiber of any of these plants, used in making textiles and other products.c. Thread or cloth manufactured from the fiber of these plants.
- Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
intransitive verbcot·toned, cot·ton·ing, cot·tons Informal
- To take a liking; attempt to be friendly: a dog that didn't cotton to strangers; an administration that will cotton up to the most repressive of regimes.
- To come to understand. Often used with to or onto: “The German bosses &ellipsis; never cottoned to such changes” (N.R. Kleinfield).
Origin of cottonMiddle English cotoun, from Old French coton, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic qu&tlowdot;n, qu&tlowdot;un; see q&tlowdot;n in Semitic roots.
cotton plant with bolls
(usually uncountable, plural cottons)
- Made of cotton.
Middle English cotoun, from Anglo-Norman cotun, Old French coton, from Old Italian (Genoa) cotone, from Arabic (Egypt) قطن (qúţun), Andalusian Arabic [script?] (quṭūn), variants of Arabic قُطْن (quṭn), from root [script?] (*qţn), possibly originally from Ancient Egyptian.
Cognate to Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Italian cotone, Spanish algodón, and Portuguese algodão.
(third-person singular simple present cottons, present participle cottoning, simple past and past participle cottoned)
- To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
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.
Old English cot-tūn (“cottage farmstead”), from cot (“cottage”) + tūn (“homestead”)
- A surname.
Hebrew קָתָן (katan, “small”)
cotton - Investment & Finance Definition
An agricultural product that is used to produce cloth and cloth-based products. Futures and options are traded on the New York Cotton Exchange (NYCE), which became a subsidiary of the New York Board of Trade in 1998.