- a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
- British. a child's crib.
- a light bedstead.
- Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.
Origin of cot1
- a small house; cottage; hut.
- a small place of shelter.
- a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.
Origin of cot2
Examples from the Web for cots
They slept on cots and sang freedom songs while waiting for movement leaders to raise money for their bail.How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement
Lottie L. Joiner
May 2, 2013
Yes, the Senate does own 100 cots, and it has the staff to wheel them out if needed.The Coming Filibuster War
November 26, 2012
The staff of ASPCA's NYC Adoption Center are sleeping on cots at the shelter to make sure animals there stay safe.Hurricane Sandy: How to Help the Recovery Effort
Brian Ries, Sam Schlinkert
October 30, 2012
I often stayed there overnight with my fellow students, sleeping on cots.Scientology’s Sea Org: A Story of Escape for Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise
July 6, 2012
The footage showed apparently horrific conditions where disabled children were tied to their beds or imprisoned on cots.Turkey Brings Criminal Charges Against Sarah Ferguson
Charlotte Edwardes, Owen Matthews
January 13, 2012
Such was the spot where the shepherds and shepherdesses of a hundred cots were now assembled.Imogen
In a few minutes she made Marion lie down on one of the cots.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
Suddenly she ran over to one of the cots and dropping there burst into tears.The Forbidden Trail
Here was a big room containing twenty cots, ten on each side.From Farm to Fortune
Horatio Alger Jr.
Will and George sat down on the edge of their cots and laughed.The Call of the Beaver Patrol
V. T. Sherman
- a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
- a collapsible or portable bed
- a light bedstead
- nautical a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame
- literary, or archaic a small cottage
- Also called: cote
- a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
- (in combination)dovecot
- another name for fingerstall
- Midland English dialect to entangle or become entangled
Word Origin and History for cots
"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (cf. Tamil kattil "bedstead").
"hut, cottage;" see cote.
- Abbreviation of cotangent