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Cot, Cott, n.2 Also: cotte, kot, quot. [OF. cot masc., related to cote fem. Cote n.1]

1. A coat. (See also Riding-cote n., Wylecot(e n.) 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 39.
v quarteris of quhyte to lyne a cot to my Lorde, … iij quarteris of brovne fore a cot
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 218 b.
It was ordand for him … or euir cot or govne was schapin for him
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 16.
The pyet with hir pretty cot Fenȝeis to sing the nychtingalis not
1517 Treas. Acc. V. 125.
Half ane elne of fustean to lyne the body of his cot
1533 Gau 41/26.
Thay suld cast cauels apone his kot
1535 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 150.
It is … ordanit be the counsale, that all the ȝoung abil men within this guid [toune] haue thair grene cottis, and agit men honest cottis [etc.]
1558 Rentale Dunkeld. 359.
Sewin ellis of blak gray to be Eduard ane gowne and George ane cott
1566–7 Fleming Q. Mary 506.
Item, to be cotte and hoys of blew carsis vj elle
1569 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 165.
Clothing, such as hois, doubloit, cott, serk, goune, bonat
a1578 Pitsc. I. 325/3.
The king callit on ane ȝemen … and desyrit his abullȝementis, hose, cloke, cott and bonnett
1590 Thanes of Cawdor 197.
For making of his masterchipis cott, vj lib.
1600-1610 Melvill 287.
The suddarts that clamed right to Chryst's cott
1611 Brechin Test. III. 209.
His grein clok with ane cott of broun stemming
c1650 Spalding I. 35.
Haueing broun veluot cottis … with boirdis of blak veluot

2. Cot of armis or armour. Cf. Cote n.1 2. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 65.
Gevin to Carrik pursewant … to by him his cot of armis at Ȝule
c1475 Wall. vi. 367.
A cot off armes he tuk on him but baid
1545 Douglas Corr. 155.
Send ane harot vith his cotte of armur apon him

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