1. Anglo-Indian. A light bedstead; a charpoy.
1634 T. Herbert Relation Some Yeares Trauaile 149 The better sort sleepe vpon Cots, or Beds two foot high, matted or done with girth-web.
1685 W. Hedges Diary July (1887) I. 203 I hired 12 stout fellows..to carry me as far as Lar in my Cott Palankeen fashion.
1699 W. Dampier Voy. & Descr. iii. iv. 41 In the East Indies..Men take their Cotts or little Field-Beds, and put them in the Yards, and go to sleep in the Air.
1776 Trial Maha Rajah Nundocomar for Forgery 32/2 Dr. Williams had informed him that Gungabissen might be brought into court on a cott.
1824 J. B. Seeley Wond. Ellora iii I found three of the party insisted upon accompanying me the first stage, and had despatched their camp-cots.
1886 H. Yule & A. C. Burnell Hobson-Jobson (at cited word) In Northern India..Cot..is not in such prevalent European use as it formerly was, except as applied to barrack furniture, and among soldiers and their families.
2. A portable bed, or one adapted for transport.
1854 J. L. Stephens Incidents Trav. Central Amer. (1854) 306 Every man in that country has a small cot called a catre made to double with a hinge, which may be taken down and wrapped up, with pillows and bed clothes in an oxhide to carry on a journey.
a. A small bed for a child; properly, one suspended so as to swing between uprights; a swing-cot; also frequently applied to a ‘crib’ or four-legged bed-stead with sides to prevent the child from falling out.
1813 J. M. Good et al. Pantologia Cott,..the name is now often given to swing-cradles for children.
1818 H. J. Todd Johnson's Dict. Eng. Lang. Cot, or Cott, a small bed; a cradle, as it is yet called in the north of England.
1856 E. B. Browning Tears in Poems (ed. 4) The babe weeps in its cot.
1890 Furnisher's Catalogue Swing cot, perforated sides, with half tester. Patent swing-fold cot, can be readily folded into a thickness of 3 inches.
b. A bed in a children's hospital. Also (U.S.), a bed or wheeled stretcher of a type used in hospitals. Cf. cot-case n. at Compounds 2 below.
1874 ‘H. Churton’ Toinette xxxv. 359 Some are sitting up in their cots gazing out upon the fair scene below.
c1884 Tennyson In Children's Hospital iv Here is the cot of our orphan.
1891 Low's Handbk. Charities London 50 An Infirmary for sick children, containing twelve cots.
1892 Daily News 31 Mar. 5/4 The endowment of a cot in the Victoria Hospital for Children at Chelsea, which the Princess of Wales has named after her late son.
a1922 C. C. Andrews Recoll. (1928) 202 It was while lying ill on my cot at Galveston that I decided to join the Republican party.