- a hand covering enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately.
- mitt(def 4).
Origin of mitten
Examples from the Web for mitten
Historical Examples of mitten
Antoine drew off his mitten, and held out to him his bare right hand.Murder Point
Besides which, my dear friend, they will give you a mitten apiece.The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens
Frances Elizabeth Barrow
He—Then I am to understand that you have given me the mitten, as it were?The New Pun Book
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
- a glove having one section for the thumb and a single section for the other fingersSometimes shortened to: mitt
- slang a boxing glove
Word Origin 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.)).