Cotton meaning

kŏtn
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."

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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.

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A plant or plants producing this material.
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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.

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A downy, cottonlike substance growing on other plants.
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To come to understand. Often used with to or onto .
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The soft, white seed hairs filling the seedpods of various shrubby plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family, originally native to the tropics.
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The crop of such plants.
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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.
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A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.
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(countable) An item of clothing made from cotton.
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To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
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Thread or cloth made of cotton.
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Of cotton.
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(person) 1584-1652; Am. Puritan clergyman, born in England: grandfather of Cotton Mather.
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Gossypium, a genus of plant used as a source of cotton fiber.
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(textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant.
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A surname​.
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Made of cotton.
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The name of several settlements around the world.
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Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
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cotton on
  • to begin to comprehend (something)
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cotton to
  • to become drawn to; take a liking to
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cotton up to
  • to try to ingratiate oneself, or make friends, with
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

cotton up to

Origin of cotton

  • Middle English cotoun from Old French coton from Old Italian cotone from Arabic quṭn, quṭun qṭn in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Italian cotone, Spanish algodón, and Portuguese algodão.

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  • Old English cot-tūn (“cottage farmstead”), from cot (“cottage”) + tūn (“homestead”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Hebrew קָתָן (katan, “small”)

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