(usually uncountable, plural cottons)
- 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.
- 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.
Generally used with prepositions on, to; see cotton on, cotton to.
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.
- The name of several settlements around the world
- A habitational surname.
Old English cot-tūn (“cottage farmstead”), from cot (“cottage”) + tūn (“homestead”)
Hebrew קָתָן (katan, “small”)