Definition of “cotton” - English Dictionary

“cotton” in British English

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cottonnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒt.ən/ us /ˈkɑː.t̬ən/

the threads that grow around the seeds of a tall plant grown especially in the US, China, and South Asia:

a bale of cotton

B1 thread or cloth made from the fibres of the cotton plant:

a shirt made of pure cotton
She looked pretty in a simple cotton dress.
UK a reel of cotton (= thread)

US or Indian English UK cotton wool cotton in the form of a soft mass, usually used for cleaning your skin:

cotton pads

More examples

  • Natural fibres such as cotton tend to be cooler.
  • A sweater knitted in pure cotton hasn't much give .
  • He shivered with cold in his thin cotton shirt.
  • Black slaves used to work on the cotton plantations of the southern United States.
  • The final stage of the production of cotton is when it is spun into thread.
cottony
adjective uk /ˈkɒt.ən.i/ us /ˈkɑː.t̬ən.i/

(Definition of “cotton” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“cotton” in American English

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cottonnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑt·ən/

thread or cloth made from the fiber surrounding the seeds of a tall plant, or these fibers themselves:

a cotton shirt/dress

(Definition of “cotton” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)