or coss


noun, plural kos. (in India)

a unit of land distance of various lengths from 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8 km).

Origin of kos

< HindiSanskrit krośa


or Cos

[kos, kaws]


one of the Greek Dodecanese Islands in the SE Aegean Sea, off the SW coast of Turkey. 111 sq. mi. (287 sq. km).
Italian Coo.


or K.O., k.o., kay·o

[noun key-oh, key-oh; verb key-oh]Slang.

noun, plural KO's.

a knockout in boxing.

verb (used with object), KO'd, KO'ing.

to knock unconscious, especially in a boxing match; knock out.

Origin of KO

First recorded in 1920–25; initial letters of knock out
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Examples from the Web for kos

Contemporary Examples of kos

Historical Examples of kos

  • Consider this, measuring three kos in your mind along the Amritsar Road.

    The Eyes of Asia

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Some of the kos mnrs on the old Mughal roads were over 30ft.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • Think how far thou art on the road—an hundred kos from Lahore already.'


    Rudyard Kipling

  • We will go very softly, perhaps a kos a day, for the Search is sure.


    Rudyard Kipling

  • We have come hundreds upon hundreds of kos already, and, till now, I have scarcely been alone with thee an instant.


    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for kos


noun plural kos

an Indian unit of distance having different values in different localities. It is usually between 1 and 3 miles or 1 and 5 kilometresAlso called: coss

Word Origin for kos

from Hindi kōs




an island in the SE Aegean Sea, in the Greek Dodecanese Islands: separated from SW Turkey by the Kos Channel; settled in ancient times by Dorians and became famous for literature and medicine. Pop: 30 947 (2001). Area: 282 sq km (109 sq miles)



verb KO's, KO'ing, KO'd, k.o.'s, k.o.'ing or k.o.'d

a slang term for knock outSee knockout

noun plural KO's or k.o.'s

a slang term for knockout
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Word Origin and History for kos

measure of distance in India (about 2 miles), from Hindi kos, from Sanskrit krosah, literally "a call, a shout;" thus, "distance within which a man's shout can be heard."

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