Kitten definition

kĭtn
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To give birth to (kittens)
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A young cat.
noun
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A young cat.
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A young cat. Diminutive: kitty.
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To give birth to kittens.
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One of the young of various other small felines and of certain other mammals, such as beavers.
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To bear kittens.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kitten
Plural:
kittens

Origin of kitten

  • Middle English kitoun probably from Old North French caton diminutive of cat cat from Late Latin cattus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English kiton, kitoun, kyton (“kitten”), diminutive of cat (“cat”). First element probably from Middle English kiteling (“kitten, kit”), from Old Norse ketlingr (“kitten”), or possibly from Anglo-Norman *kiton, Old French chiton, diminutive of cat, chat (“cat”), from Late Latin cattus. Compare Low German kitten (“kitten”). More at kitling, cat, -en.

    From Wiktionary