Main definitions of cos in English

: cos1cos2cos3

cos1

(also cos lettuce)

Pronunciation /käs/ /kɑs/

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noun

British
  • A lettuce of a variety with crisp narrow leaves that form a tall head; a romaine.

    ‘Dill pickles, a bit of cos lettuce, slithers of Parmesan - that's all you need.’
    • ‘Tear basil, mint, coriander, parsley and cos and place in a large salad or mixing bowl.’
    • ‘The cold entrées were Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad, with cos lettuce and croutons dressed with shaved Parmesan cheese, and Avocado, Pancetta and Stilton Salad on a bed of mixed leaves with baby spinach.’
    • ‘To start there was a choice of sweetcorn and ginger soup, cos salad with Parmesan and garlic dressing or smoked haddock cakes with horseradish dressing.’
    • ‘Stay classic and use only cos, if you can find it, or little gem.’
    • ‘We like to serve the meat wrapped in large cos or iceberg lettuce leaves with fresh mint, coriander and Thai sweet basil.’

Origin

Late 17th century named after the Aegean island of Cos, where it originated.

Main definitions of cos in English

: cos1cos2cos3

cos2

Pronunciation /käs/ /kɑs/

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abbreviation

  • Cosine.

Main definitions of cos in English

: cos1cos2cos3

cos3

(also 'cos)

Pronunciation /käz/ /kɑz/ /kəz/

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conjunction

informal British
  • Because.

    See also coz, cuz

    • ‘I got quite upset, cos I'd worked so hard’
    • ‘I'm not sure why I've never called her by name coz it's not like she'd mind.’
    • ‘It's such a shame coz everything else I'm wearing is actually quite nice.’
    • ‘Take a look now, coz I'll probably have given it up by the end of the week.’
    • ‘Only look at it if you don't have to be anywhere for hours, coz you won't be able to tear yourself away.’
    • ‘I can only hope for his sake that he wasn't, coz some of the answers he gave were plain awful!’
    • ‘I went and sat in the dining room coz the table is big and my desk is too small for that kind of studying.’
    • ‘I didn't take it off while shopping, coz then I'd have to waste time wrestling back into it.’
    • ‘It took us a while to leave coz Clayton had misplaced his keys somewhere and we spent some time looking for them.’
    • ‘I'm not saying any more at the moment cos as my luck goes, I won't get it.’
    • ‘I needed to clear my name cos that's my livelihood, for myself and my fans.’
    • ‘I didn't want to turn around and take a pic of the mountain cos that might be deemed ‘rude’.’
    • ‘At lunch time I stand by myself in the playground cos none of the children will play with me and if I ask to play with them they say okay and then they ignore me.’
    • ‘Edgar says its ridiculous cos how does one tell time with a watch face so small?’
    • ‘I had to leave my school cos my girlfriend broke up with me.’
    • ‘At the moment there's a backlash cos everyone's filming people arguing, spitting and cussing each other.’
    • ‘Just cos it was for charity doesn't mean he couldn't do it properly.’
    • ‘Sorry - can't give much more of a reference at the moment cos I gave my copy to an equally cheerful friend.’
    • ‘He came to the studio cos he was interested to hear more of my stuff.’
    • ‘This is according to the man who failed to raise the alarm cos he couldn't tell what the problem was.’
    • ‘He reckons I should be able to spot him easily cos he's very tall.’

Pronunciation

cos

/käz/ /kɑz/ /kəz/