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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh-koon]
    • /kəˈkun/
    • /kəˈkuːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh-koon]
    • /kəˈkun/

Definitions of cocoon word

  • countable noun cocoon A cocoon is a covering of silky threads that the larvae of moths and other insects make for themselves before they grow into adults. 3
  • countable noun cocoon If you are in a cocoon of something, you are wrapped up in it or surrounded by it. 3
  • countable noun cocoon If you are living in a cocoon, you are in an environment in which you feel protected and safe, and sometimes isolated from everyday life. 3
  • verb cocoon If something cocoons you from something, it protects you or isolates you from it. 3
  • noun cocoon a silky protective envelope secreted by silkworms and certain other insect larvae, in which the pupae develop 3
  • noun cocoon a similar covering for the eggs of the spider, earthworm, etc 3

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Origin of cocoon

First appearance:

before 1690
One of the 49% oldest English words
1690-1700; < French cocon < Provençal coucoun egg-shell, equivalent to coco shell (< Latin coccum; see cochineal) + French -on diminutive suffix

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Parts of speech for Cocoon


cocoon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cocoon

verb cocoon

  • swaddle — to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
  • swathe — to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
  • insulate — to cover, line, or separate with a material that prevents or reduces the passage, transfer, or leakage of heat, electricity, or sound: to insulate an electric wire with a rubber sheath; to insulate a coat with down.
  • pad — Packet Assembler/Disassembler
  • cushion — A cushion is a fabric case filled with soft material, which you put on a seat to make it more comfortable.

noun cocoon

  • sheath — a case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like.
  • covering — A covering is a layer of something that protects or hides something else.
  • shell — a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk.
  • case — A particular case is a particular situation or incident, especially one that you are using as an individual example or instance of something.
  • bubble — Bubbles are small balls of air or gas in a liquid.

Antonyms for cocoon

verb cocoon

  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • unwrap — to remove or open the wrapping of.

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