From Middle English myteyne, from Old French mitaine (Modern French mitaine), of unclear origin; possibly from mite, miste (“playful name for cat”) + -aine. Alternatively, mitaine may be from Old High German mittamo (“half”), superlative of mitti (“midpoint”), from Proto-Germanic *midjô, *midją (“middle, center”), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (“between, in the middle, center”). Compare Catalan mitana, Medieval Latin mitta, mitana, and Occitan mitana.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɪtn̩/
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- (Southern England, Western New England) IPA(key): /ˈmɪʔn̩/
- Rhymes: -ɪtən
mitten (plural mittens)
- A type of glove or garment that covers a hand with a separate sheath for the thumb, but not for other fingers, which are either enclosed in a single section or left uncovered.
- A cat's or dog's paw that is a different colour from the main body.
- Synonym: sock
- (colloquial, dated, as "the mitten") A romantic rejection; dismissal of a lover.
- to give someone the mitten; to get the mitten
- (slang, chiefly in the plural) A boxing glove.
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- (transitive) To dress in mittens; to put a mitten on.
- In the middle.
- Mitten auf der Straße lag ein toter Hund.
- In the middle of the street lay a dead dog.
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