Meaning of COTTON in English

COTTON

/ ˈkɒtn; NAmE ˈkɑːtn/ noun , verb

■ noun [ U ]

1.

a plant grown in warm countries for the soft white hairs around its seeds that are used to make cloth and thread :

cotton fields / plants

bales of cotton

2.

the cloth made from the cotton plant :

The sheets are 100% pure cotton.

a cotton shirt / skirt

printed cotton cloth

the cotton industry

a cotton mill

3.

( especially BrE ) thread that is used for sewing :

sewing cotton

a cotton reel

4.

( NAmE ) = cotton wool :

Use a cotton ball to apply the lotion.

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- cotton on (to sth)

- cotton (up) to sb/sth

For more information see the Cultural Guide

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Old French coton , from Arabic quṭn .

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