library in the British Museum, named for antiquarian Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1570-1631). He donated some book to the state and his grandson donated the rest. It was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. The surname represents Old English cotum, plural of cot "cottage."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for cottonian

Historical Examples of cottonian

  • The Cottonian Collection originally consisted of 958 volumes.

    English Book Collectors

    William Younger Fletcher

  • He was the collector of the Cottonian library, now in the British Museum, and was the author of various political tracts.

  • Gus's reputation as a prophet was established, for Corker himself seemed pleased with the Cottonian version of Herodotus.

    Acton's Feud

    Frederick Swainson

  • The purchases were made and joined with the Cottonian library, which was already in hand.

  • That dragons dwelt in mounds was a common Germanic belief, to which the Cottonian Gnomic verses testify.


    R. W. Chambers