- a shelter, coop, or small shed for sheep, pigs, pigeons, etc.
- British Dialect. a cottage; small house.
Origin of cote1
before 1050; Middle English, Old English cote (feminine; cf. cot2)
- to pass by; outstrip; surpass.
Origin of cote2
First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain
- a slope or hillside with vineyards.
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Examples from the Web for cote
At this point, the early days of Season 3, Cote (Ziva) was a rookie herself.
We were told to really have fun with it, they wanted a sexy thing happening, and Cote delivered.
I also got a lecture from Antonia, a resilient 25-year resident of the Cote d'Azur.The Mysterious Burglars on the French Riviera
August 10, 2010
The Doves, as long as he was silent, supposed him to be one of themselves and admitted him to their cote.Aesop's Fables
I was up at the Cote for you, and Mrs. Severs said you were here.
You are free now, and you will go back to your Cote and be happy.
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.The Right of Way, Complete
- a small shelter for pigeons, sheep, etc
- (in combination)dovecote
- dialect, mainly British a small cottage
Old English cote; related to Low German Kote; see cot ²
- (tr) archaic to pass by, outstrip, or surpass
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper