Other Word Forms of Kitten
Origin of Kitten
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.
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
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