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a. A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and certain other insects as a cover for the pupa.
b. A similar natural protective covering or structure, such as the egg case of a spider.
2. A protective plastic coating that is placed over stored military or naval equipment.
3. Something that envelops, protects, or isolates: "a star hidden in a cocoon of dust" (Freeman Dyson)."Actors live in a cocoon of praise. They never meet people who don't like them" (Robert Morley).
v. co·cooned, co·coon·ing, co·coons
1. To envelop (an insect) in a cocoon.
2. To wrap in a blanket or other covering.
3. To cause to be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities; insulate.
To be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities, especially by remaining indoors at home in one's free time.

[French cocon, from Provençal coucoun, diminutive of coco, shell, from Late Latin coccum, from Latin, berry, oak gall, from Greek kokkos, seed, berry.]


(kəˈku nɪŋ)
the practice of spending leisure time at home, esp. watching television or using a VCR.
[1985–90, Amer.]


The spraying or coating of an aircraft or equipment with a substance, e.g., a plastic, to form a cocoonlike seal against the effects of the atmosphere.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cocooning - retreating to the seclusion of your home (as for privacy or escape)
seclusion - the act of secluding yourself from others


n (Sociol) → Cocooning nt
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Since infants are too young to be immunized, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended the best way to protect these infants is "cocooning." That's the process of vaccinating mothers soon after delivery, along with anyone who will be in close contact with the mother and baby.
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In our house, as in many others, 'cocooning' is another word for spending the afternoon staring out at the rain lashed patio followed by sporadic outbreaks of violence (between the kids, of course, not me.
* The era of "cocooning," a lifestyle trend that emerged in the late 1980s, is passing in favor of a new age of "butterflies," consumers who seek to reconnect with their worlds, according to a study of luxury buyers by Unity Marketing, New York, NY.
Popcorn, an author, home product designer and founder of a futurist marketing consultancy called BrainReserve, coined the term "cocooning" to describe consumers' predictable reaction to an ever more complex and threatening environment.