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.
4. 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.