What does cotton mean?

Definitions for cotton
ˈkɒt ncot·ton

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cotton, cotton fiber, cotton woolnoun

    soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state

  2. cottonnoun

    fabric woven from cotton fibers

  3. cotton, cotton plantnoun

    erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers

  4. cottonverb

    thread made of cotton fibers

  5. cottonverb

    take a liking to

    "cotton to something"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cottonnoun

    a soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two thirds of an inch to an inch and a half

  2. Cottonnoun

    the cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below

  3. Cottonnoun

    cloth made of cotton

  4. Cottonverb

    to rise with a regular nap, as cloth does

  5. Cottonverb

    to go on prosperously; to succeed

  6. Cottonverb

    to unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed by with

  7. Cottonverb

    to take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used with to

  8. Etymology: [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. Acton, Hacqueton.]


  1. Cotton

    Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural condition, the cotton balls will tend to increase the dispersion of the seeds. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India. The greatest diversity of wild cotton species is found in Mexico, followed by Australia and Africa. Cotton was independently domesticated in the Old and New Worlds. The English name derives from the Arabic qutn قُطْن, which began to be used circa 1400 CE. The Spanish word, "algodón", is likewise derived from the Arabic. The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile. The use of cotton for fabric is known to date to prehistoric times; fragments of cotton fabric dated from 5000 BCE have been excavated in Mexico and the Indus Valley Civilization. Although cultivated since antiquity, it was the invention of the cotton gin that so lowered the cost of production that led to its widespread use, and it is the most widely used natural fiber cloth in clothing today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cotton

    kot′n, n. a soft substance like fine wool, got from the pods of the cotton-plant: cloth made of cotton.—adj. made of cotton.—v.t. to provide with cotton.—v.i. to agree: to be attached to (the connection of the intransitive meanings is unknown).—ns. Cottonade′, a name given to an inferior kind of cotton cloth; Cott′on-gin, a machine for separating the seeds from the fibre of cotton; Cott′on-grass, a genus of Cyperaceæ in which the perigone or covering of united bracts, which in this order enclose the ripening ovary, is developed into long, silky, or cottony hairs; Cottonoc′racy, the cotton planting or the cotton manufacturing interest; Cott′on-plant, one of various plants of the genus Gossypium, natural order Malvaceæ, yielding the textile substance cotton; Cott′on-press, a press for compressing cotton into bales; Cott′on-seed, the seed of the cotton-plant, yielding a valuable oil; Cott′on-spin′ner, one who spins cotton, or employs those who do; Cott′on-tail, the ordinary United States rabbit; Cott′on-this′tle, a strong thistle covered with a cottony down; Cott′on-tree, the American cotton-wood: the Indian Bombax malabaricum; Cott′on-weed, cudweed or everlasting; Cott′on-wood, any one of several American species of poplar; Cott′on-wool, cotton in its raw or woolly state.—adj. Cott′ony, like cotton: soft: downy. [Fr. coton—Ar. qutun.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cotton

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    Cotton is grown in the fields and is used primarily as a plant to convert to a textile.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  
  2. cotton

    A type of fiber and matter.

    Cotton is widely cultivated and used worldwide, it is a cash crop and a commodity and used for a variety of purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2016  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4170

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4447

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Nouns Frequency: #1690

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cotton in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cotton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cotton in a Sentence

  1. Murali Dhidkar:

    Our land mostly supports only two crops: cotton and soybean. But for the past few years, soybean yield has consistently been decreasing. So we mostly depend on cotton.

  2. Sonny Perdue:

    Public policy matters. Leadership matters. And that is why this election is so cotton-pickin' important to the state of Florida, i hope you all don't mess it up.

  3. Eric Brantner:

    I get a lot of toiletries( at Dollar Tree), and those aren't always name brands, for instance, the cotton swabs aren't Q-Tips, but Dollar Tree work just as well and are less than half the price.

  4. Old School:

    Frank Well, uh I guess I, deep down, am feeling a little confused. I mean, suddenly, you get married, and you're supposed to be this entirely different guy. I don't feel different. I mean, take yesterday for example. We were out at the Olive Garden for dinner, which was lovely. And uh, I happen to look over at a certain point during the meal and see a waitress taking an order, and I found myself wondering what color her underpants might be. Her panties. Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool that I don't even know about. You know, and uh, and I started feeling... what what I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not

  5. John Mukum Mbaku:

    It is generally believed that Egypt received such favorable terms( during colonial times)... because the country was very important to the United Kingdom's agricultural interests, particularly its cotton fields.

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