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[kos-it] /ˈkɒs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.
a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
any pet.
1570-80; akin to Old English cossetung kissing, verbal noun based on *cossettan to kiss, derivative of coss kiss
Related forms
uncosseted, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is the demand of spoiled children, or the cosseted residents of the imperial city.
  • When it comes to cross-border takeovers, banking has for too long been a cosseted business.
  • Funds are plundered to hire them, and the star himself must be smoothed, cosseted and humoured as long as the run lasts.
  • Reducing protectionist subsidies would cut greenhouse gases from cosseted heavy industry.
  • Another is that public-sector pay and benefits have shot ahead as a cosseted caste extends its privileges.
  • So top billing should go to deregulating cosseted industries and reforming the labour market.
  • Yet one culprit is not only rarely seen as an offender, but is also being cosseted and protected.
  • cosseted industries turned out finished goods that were worth less than the imported materials from which they were made.
  • The situation in the relatively cosseted public sector has been rather different.
  • Farmers cosseted by generous government support or high barriers to imports are keen to preserve the status quo.
British Dictionary definitions for cosseted


verb (transitive) -sets, -seting, -seted
to pamper; coddle; pet
any pet animal, esp a lamb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosseted



1650s, "to fondle, caress, indulge," from a noun (1570s) meaning "lamb brought up as a pet" (applied to persons from 1590s), perhaps from Old English cot-sæta "one who dwells in a cot." Related: Coseted; coseting. Cf. German Hauslamm, Italian casiccio.

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