Other Word Forms
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.