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  • noun An element in some words of Greek origin, meaning ‘the world’ or ‘the universe.’

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  • proper noun A male given name, always rather rare.
  • proper noun slang Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Borrowed by Scotland from Italy in the 18th century. An Italian variant of Cosimo, from the name Cosmas of a saint (martyred with his brother Damian in the fourth century), from Ancient Greek κόσμος (kosmos, "order, ordered universe").

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