[ kit-n ]
/ ˈkɪt n /


a young cat.

verb (used with or without object)

(of cats) to give birth; bear.

Origin of kitten

1350–1400; Middle English kitoun, apparently blend of kiteling kitling and Middle French chitoun, variant of chaton kitten

Related forms

kit·ten·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kitten


/ (ˈkɪtən) /


a young cat
have kittens or have a canary British informal to react with disapproval, anxiety, etcshe had kittens when she got the bill US equivalent: have a cow


(of cats) to give birth to (young)

Derived Forms

kitten-like, adjective

Word Origin for kitten

C14: from Old Northern French caton, from cat 1; probably influenced by Middle English kiteling
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Idioms and Phrases with kitten


see have a fit (kittens); weak as a kitten.

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