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mitten

[mit-n] /ˈmɪt n/
noun
1.
a hand covering enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately.
2.
mitt (def 4).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English miteyn < Middle French, Old French mitaine, equivalent to mite mitten (< ?) + -aine -an
Related forms
mittenlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mitten

mitten

/ˈmɪtən/
noun
1.
a glove having one section for the thumb and a single section for the other fingers Sometimes shortened to mitt
2.
(slang) a boxing glove
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mitaine, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for mitten
n.

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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