from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small shed or shelter for sheep or birds.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To go around by the side of; skirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small structure built to contain domesticated animals such as sheep, pigs or pigeons.
  • v. To quote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cottage or hut.
  • n. A shed, shelter, or inclosure for small domestic animals, as for sheep or doves.
  • transitive v. To go side by side with; hence, to pass by; to outrun and get before.
  • transitive v. To quote.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass on one side of; pass by; pass.
  • To quote.
  • n. A hut; a little house; a cottage: same as cot, 1.
  • n. A sheepfold.
  • n. A former spelling of coat.
  • n. The act of passing by; a going by.
  • n. An obsolete form of cot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small shelter for domestic animals (as sheep or pigeons)


Middle English, from Old English.
Probably from French côtoyer, to skirt, from côté, side, from Old French coste, rib; see costrel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Old English cote, the feminine form of cot "small house." Cognate to Dutch kot. (Wiktionary)
See quote. (Wiktionary)



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