[ kos-it ]
/ ˈkɒs ɪt /

verb (used with object)

to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.


a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
any pet.


Nearby words

  1. cosponsor,
  2. coss,
  3. cossack,
  4. cossack hat,
  5. cossacks,
  6. cossie,
  7. cost,
  8. cost accounting,
  9. cost center,
  10. cost centre

Origin of cosset

1570–80; akin to Old English cossetung kissing, verbal noun based on *cossettan to kiss, derivative of coss kiss

Related formsun·cos·set·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cosset


/ (ˈkɒsɪt) /

verb -sets, -seting or -seted (tr)

to pamper; coddle; pet


any pet animal, esp a lamb

Word Origin for cosset

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for cosset



1650s, "to fondle, caress, indulge," from a noun (1570s) meaning "lamb brought up as a pet" (applied to persons from 1590s), perhaps from Old English cot-sæta "one who dwells in a cot." Related: Coseted; coseting. Cf. German Hauslamm, Italian casiccio.

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