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[mit-n] /ˈmɪt n/
a hand covering enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately.
mitt (def 4).
Origin of mitten
1350-1400; Middle English miteyn < Middle French, Old French mitaine, equivalent to mite mitten (< ?) + -aine -an
Related forms
mittenlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Antoine drew off his mitten, and held out to him his bare right hand.

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    Coningsby Dawson
  • Besides which, my dear friend, they will give you a mitten apiece.

  • He—Then I am to understand that you have given me the mitten, as it were?

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    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • I worked this afternoon on a mitten pattern for myself, assisted by Alma.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • He pulled off his mitten and put his icy hand under her chin.

    Prairie Folks Hamlin Garland
  • He pulled on the mitten hastily, and beat the hand savagely across his chest.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • He stripped the mitten from his right hand and fetched forth the birch-bark.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • He pulled the mitten on the right hand, and beat it fiercely against his knee.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • The narrowing of a child's mitten may begin with every 4th stitch.

  • He was soon up with the man again; then a mitten was thrown down for his inspection.

    Fast in the Ice R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for mitten


a glove having one section for the thumb and a single section for the other fingers Sometimes shortened to mitt
(slang) a boxing glove
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mitaine, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for mitten

late 14c., from Old French mitaine "mitten, half-glove" (12c.), from Old French mite "mitten," and from Medieval Latin mitta, which are perhaps from Middle High German mittemo, Old High German mittamo "middle, midmost" (reflecting notion of "half-glove"), or from Vulgar Latin *medietana "divided in the middle," from Latin medius (see medial (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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