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[kot-uh, kaw-tuh] /ˈkɒt ə, ˈkɔ tə/
noun, Ecclesiastical
a surplice.
a short surplice, sleeveless or with short sleeves, worn especially by choristers.
1840-50; < Medieval Latin, variant of cota kind of tunic. See coat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cotta
  • Small sedums and succulents from sixpacks contrast beautifully in this textured terra-cotta bowl.
  • From the outside, the terra-cotta-colored tower appears modest in size.
  • The glazed terra-cotta jar was adapted for use as a water feature.
  • Most of her pots, for instance, are standard nursery terra-cotta.
  • Remove from heat immediately and pour the custard into four ramekins or small terra-cotta dishes.
  • The show includes a small terra-cotta version of this statue, which is more congenial and cheerful than the larger work in marble.
  • Flashing a horse's grin through the taut contours of his terra-cotta-tanned face, he showed me the screen on his phone.
  • The upscale setting features wrought iron chandeliers, distressed terra cotta walls, white linens and a fireplace.
  • The cream-colored setting includes distressed terra cotta walls, hanging plants, white tablecloths and chandeliers.
  • The setting features high ceilings, palm trees, bamboo chairs and distressed terra cotta walls.
British Dictionary definitions for cotta


(RC Church) a short form of surplice
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: tunic, from Medieval Latin; see coat
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