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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of cooking vessel, 1907, from French cocotte "saucepan" (19c.), a diminutive from cocasse, ultimately from Latin cucama. Sense of "prostitute," 1867, is from French cocotte, originally a child's name for "little hen" (18c.), hence "sweetie, darling."\n\n


n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: prostitute, whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street]


Cocotte may refer to:

  • Œufs cocotte, food
  • Montagne Cocotte, mountain in Mauritius

Usage examples of "cocotte".

Parisian, born in the back room of a shop, half cocotte and half bourgeoise, brought up to entice customers to the store by her glances, and married, in consequence, to a simple, unsophisticated man, who saw her outside the door every morning when he went out and every evening when he came home.

You think of the sailors, of the old doctor driving his little cabriolet, the hood of which sways to and fro as the wheels sink into the ruts, and Cocotte neighs in the teeth of the wind.

Thousand places of entertainment to expense your evenings with lovely ladies saling gloves and other things perhaps hers heart beerchops perfect fashionable house very eccentric where lots cocottes beautiful dressed much about princesses like are dancing cancan and walking there parisian clowneries extra foolish for bachelors foreigns the same if talking a poor english how much smart they are on things love and sensations voluptuous.

He seized Cocotte in his arms and kissed her madly, as though he were taking leave of some human being.

The two women on the ground floor, Lodise, who was nicknamed La Cocotte, and Flora, whom they called Balancoise, because she limped a little, the former always dressed as the Goddess of Liberty, with a tri-colored sash, and the other as a Spanish woman, with a string of copper coins in her carroty hair, which jingled at every uneven step, looked like cooks dressed up for the carnival.

Then we might have oeufs en cocotte Rossinidone in cream with foie gras and truffles.

That's lively, if you like, when the cocottes begin to let themselves loose.

One night, in a room in the Rue de Rivoli, I was drinking wine with a black-eyed cocotte, And the tears swam into my eyes.

And the Black-eyed cocotte took the tears for hers, As well as the deceiving kisses I gave her.

In England he lived on grilled soles, oeufs cocotte and cold roast beef with potato salad.