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  1. a shelter, coop, or small shed for sheep, pigs, pigeons, etc.
  2. British Dialect. a cottage; small house.

Origin of cote1

before 1050; Middle English, Old English cote (feminine; cf. cot2)


verb (used with object), cot·ed, cot·ing. Obsolete.
  1. to pass by; outstrip; surpass.

Origin of cote2

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain


noun, plural côtes [koht] /koʊt/. French.
  1. a slope or hillside with vineyards.
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  • The Doves, as long as he was silent, supposed him to be one of themselves and admitted him to their cote.

  • You are free now, and you will go back to your Cote and be happy.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston

  • I was up at the Cote for you, and Mrs. Severs said you were here.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston

  • Why did he not set his back to the wall and go on, cote que cote?

    Lord Randolph Churchill

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • In my mind his life-story ended with his death at the Cote Dorion.

British Dictionary definitions for cote



    1. a small shelter for pigeons, sheep, etc
    2. (in combination)dovecote
  1. dialect, mainly British a small cottage

Word Origin

Old English cote; related to Low German Kote; see cot ²


  1. (tr) archaic to pass by, outstrip, or surpass

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French costoier to run alongside, from coste side; see coast
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Word Origin and History for cote


Old English cote, fem. of cot (plural cotu) "small house, bedchamber, den" (see cottage). Applied to buildings for animals from early 15c.

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