see also: Cotton
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑt.n̩/, [ˈkɑʔ.n̩]
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒt.n̩/

cotton (uncountable)

  1. Gossypium, a genus of plant used as a source of cotton fiber.
  2. Any plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.
  3. Any fiber similar in appearance and use to Gossypium fiber.
  4. (textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from a cotton plant, especially Gossypium.
  5. (countable) An item of clothing made from cotton.
Translations Translations Translations Adjective

cotton (not comparable)

  1. Made of cotton.
  • German: baumwollen (rare), Baumwoll-, aus Baumwolle
  • Italian: di cotone
  • Portuguese: de algodão
  • Russian: хло́пковый
  • Spanish: de algodón

cotton (cottons, present participle cottoning; past and past participle cottoned)

  1. (transitive) To provide with cotton.
    1. To supply with a cotton wick.
    2. To fill with a wad of cotton.
    3. (horticulture) To wrap with a protective layer of cotton fabric.
    4. To cover walls with fabric.
    5. (tar and cotton) To cover with cotton bolls over a layer of tar (analogous to tar and feather )
  2. To make or become cotton-like
    1. To raise a nap, providing with a soft, cottony texture.
    2. To develop a porous, cottony texture.
    3. To give the appearance of being dotted with cotton balls.
    4. To enshroud with a layer of whiteness.
  3. To protect from harsh stimuli, coddle, or muffle.
  4. To rub or burnish with cotton.
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. Verb

cotton (cottons, present participle cottoning; past and past participle cottoned)

  1. To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
Proper noun
  1. The name of several settlements around the world
  2. Surname
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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