- 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.
cotton definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English cotoun ; from Old French coton ; from (? via Italian cotone) Arabic quṭun ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Egyptian
cotton definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- The crop of these plants.
- Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
- 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 . . . never cottoned to such changes” (N.R. Kleinfield).
Origin: Middle English cotoun, from Old French coton, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic quṭn, quṭun; see qṭn in Semitic roots.
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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.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
cotton - Phrases/Idioms
Etymology: ? < 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