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a small shed or shelter for sheep or birds; a cottage or hut: The cote was made of logs and had only two rooms.
Not to be confused with:
coat – an outer garment extending to the waist or below: This coat will keep you warm.; the fur of an animal: The fox has a beautiful coat.; a layer of covering material: The fence needs another coat of paint.
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A small shed or shelter for sheep or birds.
[Middle English, from Old English.]
tr.v. cot·ed, cot·ing, cotes Obsolete
To go around by the side of; skirt.
[Probably from French côtoyer, to skirt, from côté, side, from Old French coste, rib; see costrel.]
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a. a small shelter for pigeons, sheep, etc
b. (in combination): dovecote.
2. (Architecture) dialect chiefly Brit a small cottage
[Old English cote; related to Low German Kote; see cot2]
(tr) archaic to pass by, outstrip, or surpass
[C16: perhaps from Old French costoier to run alongside, from coste side; see coast]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a coop or shed for sheep, pigs, pigeons, etc.
2. Brit. Dial. cottage.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English cote (feminine; compare cot2)]
to pass by.
[1565–75; orig. uncertain]
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Past participle: coted
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