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cotter

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[ kot-er ]
/ ˈkɒt ər /
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noun
a pin, wedge, key, or the like, fitted or driven into an opening to secure something or hold parts together.
verb (used with object)
to secure with a cotter.
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Origin of cotter

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1300–50; Middle English coter; akin to late Middle English coterell iron bracket; of uncertain origin

Other definitions for cotter (2 of 2)

cotter2
[ kot-er ]
/ ˈkɒt ər /

noun
Scot. a person occupying a plot of land and cottage, paid for in services.

Origin of cotter

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1175–1225; Middle English cotere<Anglo-French cot(i)er;see cot2, -er2
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British Dictionary definitions for cotter (1 of 2)

cotter1
/ (ˈkɒtə) machinery /

noun
any part, such as a pin, wedge, key, etc, that is used to secure two other parts so that relative motion between them is prevented
short for cotter pin
verb
(tr) to secure (two parts) with a cotter

Word Origin for cotter

C14: shortened from cotterel, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for cotter (2 of 2)

cotter2
/ (ˈkɒtə) /

noun
Also called: cottier English history a villein in late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times occupying a cottage and land in return for labour
Also called: cottar a peasant occupying a cottage and land in the Scottish Highlands under the same tenure as an Irish cottier

Word Origin for cotter

C14: from Medieval Latin cotārius, from Middle English cote cot ²
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