Mitten Definition

mĭtn
mittens
noun
A glovelike covering for the hand, with a thumb but no separately divided fingers.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Mitten

Noun

Singular:
mitten
Plural:
mittens

Origin of Mitten

  • From Middle English myten, mitaine, from Old French mitan, miton, mitaine (“mitten", literally “half-glove") (Modern French mitaine), from Frankish *mitamo, *mittamo (“half"), superlative of *mitti (“midpoint"), from Proto-Germanic *midjô, *midjÄ… (“middle, center"), from Proto-Indo-European *medÊ°y- (“between, in the middle, center"). Cognate with Old High German mittamo, metemo (“half, in the middle"), Old Dutch medemest (“midmost"), Old English medeme (“middling, average, median", literally “midmost, in the middle"). More at mid, middle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French mitaine (from mite cat's caress, mitten) (from mit cat) and from Medieval Latin mitta mitten (possibly from Old French mite)

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

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