Definition of cocoon verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cocoon

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cocoon
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːn//
 
he / she / it cocoons
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnz//
 
past simple cocooned
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnd//
 
past participle cocooned
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnd//
 
-ing form cocooning
BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] cocoon somebody/something (in something) to protect somebody/something by surrounding them or it completely with something We were warm and safe, cocooned in our sleeping bags. I had a sheltered childhood, cocooned from the world by money and love. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French cocon, from medieval Provençal coucoun ‘eggshell, cocoon’, diminutive of coca ‘shell’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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