[koh-chin, koch-in]


one of an Asian breed of chickens, resembling the Brahma but slightly smaller.

Origin of cochin

First recorded in 1850–55; short for Cochin-China fowl




a former state in SW India; merged with Travancore 1949; a part of Kerala state since 1956.
former name of Kochi. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cochin

Historical Examples of cochin

  • Finally, as in the case of Cochin, apartments were assigned to him in the Louvre.

  • We passed Cochin in the course of the day, but not near enough to see much of it.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • She was taken back to Columbo, and thence to Cochin, where she hove down.

  • The largest are the tall Cochin Chinas; the smallest the pert little Bantams.

  • French Cochin China occupies the most southern portion of the peninsula.

British Dictionary definitions for cochin



a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956
a port in SW India, on the Malabar Coast: the first European settlement in India, founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502: shipbuilding, engineering. Pop: 596 473 (2001)Local official name: Kochi
a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012