A first aid kit.
- Brit., Dialectal a small wooden tub or bucket for holding fish, butter, etc.
- personal equipment, esp. as packed for travel
- a set of tools or implements
- equipment for some particular activity, sport, etc.: a first-aid kit, a salesman's kit
- a set containing a number of parts to be assembled: a model airplane kit
- a box, bag, or other container for carrying such parts, equipment, or tools
- Informal lot; collection: now chiefly in ☆ , everybody or everything
Origin of kitMiddle English kyt ; from Middle Dutch kitte, container made of hooped staves
Origin of kitEarly ModE: abbreviation, abbreviated ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps cithara
- a masculine name
- a feminine name
- a. A set of articles or implements used for a specific purpose: a survival kit; a shaving kit.b. A container for such a set.
- A set of parts or materials to be assembled: a model airplane kit.
- A packaged set of related materials: a sales kit.
- Chiefly British a. A collection of clothing and other personal effects used for travel or by a soldier.b. A container, such as a bag or knapsack, for storing or holding such a collection.
Origin of kitMiddle English kitte, wooden tub, probably from Middle Dutch.
- A kitten.
- One of the young of certain other fur-bearing mammals, especially a fox or rabbit.
Origin of kitShort for kitten.
Origin of kitOrigin unknown.
- A circular wooden vessel, made of hooped staves.
- A kind of basket made from straw of rushes, especially for holding fish; by extension, the contents of such a basket, used as a measure of weight.
- 1961 18 Jan, Guardian (cited after OED):
- He was pushing a barrow on the fish dock, wheeling aluminium kits which, when full, each contain 10 stone of fish.
- A collection of items forming the equipment of a soldier, carried in a knapsack.
- Any collection of items needed for a specific purpose, especially for use by a workman, or personal effects packed for travelling.
- Always carry a good first aid kit.
- A collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble.
- I built the entire car from a kit.
- (UK, sports) The standard set of clothing, accessories and equipment worn by players.
- (UK, informal) Clothing.
- Get your kit off and come to bed.
- (computing, informal) A full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade.
(third-person singular simple present kits, present participle kitting, simple past and past participle kitted)
- To assemble or collect something into kits or sets or to give somebody a kit. See also kit out and other derived phrases.
- We need to kit the parts for the assembly by Friday, so that manufacturing can build the tool.
- Something which came originally in kit form.
- kit car
English from the 14th century, from a Dutch kitte, a wooden vessel made of hooped staves. Related to Dutch kit "tankard". The further etymology is unknown.
The transfer of meaning to the contents of a soldier's knapsack dates to the late 18th century, extended use of any collection of necessaries used for travelling dates to the first half of the 19th century. The further widening of the sense to a collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble emerges in US English in the mid 20th century.
A short form of kitten. From the 16th century (spelled kytte, kitt). From the 19th century also extended to other young animals (mink, fox, muskrat, etc.), and to a species of small fox ("kit-fox").
- a kit violin
16th century, perhaps from cithara
- a school of pigeons, especially domesticated, trained pigeons
ca. 1880, from German kitte, kütte.