A cot is a small, portable bed. You might sleep on a cot when you go camping.

Some hotels offer cots for extra guests who stay in your room, and campers and soldiers on the move often use cots for sleeping. A cot's benefits include its light weight and ability to be folded into an easily carried size. In Britain, a cot is a baby bed or crib. Cot has a Hindi source, khat, "couch, bed, or hammock" from the Sanskrit khatva.

Definitions of cot
  1. noun
    a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
    synonyms: camp bed
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    type of:
    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
  2. noun
    baby bed with high sides made of slats
    synonyms: crib
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    type of:
    baby bed, baby's bed
    a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling
  3. noun
    a sheath worn to protect a finger
    synonyms: fingerstall
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    type of:
    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
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