kitty

1
[kit-ee]
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Origin of kitty

1
First recorded in 1710–20; kitt(en) + -y2

kitty

2
[kit-ee]
noun, plural kit·ties.
  1. a pool or reserve of money, often collected from a number of persons or sources and designated for a particular purpose specified by the contributors.
  2. Cards.
    1. a pool into which players in a game put a certain amount of their winnings for some special purpose, as to pay for refreshments.
    2. the pot, or a special pot, for the collection of forfeits or payments for certain high hands.
    3. widow(def 2).

Origin of kitty

2
First recorded in 1815–25; kit1 + -y2

Kitty

[kit-ee]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Katherine or Catherine.
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Related Words for kitty

kitten, cat, pussy

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British Dictionary definitions for kitty

kitty

1
noun plural -ties
  1. a diminutive or affectionate name for a kitten, cat 1

Word Origin for kitty

C18: see kit ³

kitty

2
noun plural -ties
  1. the pool of bets in certain gambling games
  2. any shared fund of money, etc
  3. (in bowls) the jack

Word Origin for kitty

C19: see kit 1
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Word Origin and History for kitty
n.1

"young cat," 1719, variant of kitten, perhaps influenced by kitty "girl, young woman" (c.1500), originally a pet form of fem. proper name Catherine. Kitty Hawk, N.C., apparently is a mangling of a native Algonquian name; it also has been written as Chicahauk.

n.2

"pool of money in a card game," 1887, probably from kit (n.1), in a sense of "collection of necessary supplies" (1833); but perhaps rather from northern England slang kitty "prison, jail, lock-up" (1825), of uncertain origin.

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