a hand covering enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately.

Nearby words

  1. mittag-leffler,
  2. mittag-leffler, magnus gösta,
  3. mitteleuropa,
  4. mittelland canal,
  5. mittelschmerz,
  6. mitterrand,
  7. mittimus,
  8. mitty,
  9. mitumba,
  10. mitumba mountains

Origin of mitten

1350–1400; Middle English miteyn < Middle French, Old French mitaine, equivalent to mite mitten (< ?) + -aine -an

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mitten



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

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.)).

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