1. a rounded glove with one internal section for the four fingers and another for the thumb and having the side next to the palm of the hand protected by a thick padding, used by catchers.
  2. a somewhat similar glove but with less padding and having sections for the thumb and one or two fingers, used by first basemen.Compare baseball glove.
a mitten.
Slang. a hand.
a glove that leaves the lower ends of the fingers bare, especially a long one made of lace or other fancy material and worn by women.

Origin of mitt

First recorded in 1755–65; short for mitten


(in prescriptions) send.

Origin of mitt.

From the Latin word mitte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mitt

Contemporary Examples of mitt

Historical Examples of mitt

  • High and close to Copley's chin the ball whistled into Eliot's mitt.

  • Chuckleson lifted a foul that dropped into Shackleton's mitt.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • It's possible you've never heard of 'Mitt' Bender, our crack pitcher.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • You'll excuse me, Miss Deane, if I didn't tip all my mitt to you the other day.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • Jonathan drew off a mitt and felt of the lad's clothes from his calves to his waist.

    Billy Topsail, M.D.

    Norman Duncan

British Dictionary definitions for mitt



any of various glovelike hand coverings, such as one that does not cover the fingers
short for mitten (def. 1)
baseball a large round thickly padded leather mitten worn by the catcherSee also glove (def. 2)
(often plural) a slang word for hand
slang a boxing glove

Word Origin for mitt

C18: shortened from mitten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mitt

1765, shortened form of mitten (q.v.). Baseball sense is from 1902. Slang sense of "hand" is from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper