Meaning of COTTON in English


I. ˈkä-t ə n noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English coton, from Anglo-French cotun, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic quṭun, quṭn

Date: 14th century


a. : a soft usually white fibrous substance composed of the hairs surrounding the seeds of various erect freely branching tropical plants (genus Gossypium ) of the mallow family

b. : a plant producing cotton ; especially : one grown for its cotton

c. : a crop of cotton


a. : fabric made of cotton

b. : yarn spun from cotton

3. : a downy cottony substance produced by various plants (as the cottonwood)


cotton: 1 flowering branch; 2 fruit, unopened; 3 fruit, partly opened


II. intransitive verb

( cot·toned ; cot·ton·ing ˈkät-niŋ, ˈkä-t ə n-iŋ)

Date: 1605

1. : to take a liking — used with to

cotton s to people easily

2. : to come to understand — used with to or on to

cotton ed on to the fact that our children work furiously — H. M. McLuhan

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