kitties

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kitty

1 [kit-ee]
noun, plural kitties.
1.
a kitten.
2.
a pet name for a cat.

Origin:
1710–20; kitt(en) + -y2

kitty

2 [kit-ee]
noun, plural kitties.
1.
a pool or reserve of money, often collected from a number of persons or sources and designated for a particular purpose specified by the contributors.
2.
Cards.
a.
a pool into which players in a game put a certain amount of their winnings for some special purpose, as to pay for refreshments.
b.
the pot, or a special pot, for the collection of forfeits or payments for certain high hands.
c.
widow ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1815–25; kit1 + -y2

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kitty1 (ˈkɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
kitten a diminutive or affectionate name for a cat
 
[C18: see kit³]

kitty2 (ˈkɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the pool of bets in certain gambling games
2.  any shared fund of money, etc
3.  (in bowls) the jack
 
[C19: see kit1]

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kitty
1719, variant of kitten, perhaps infl. by kitty "girl, young woman" (c.1500), originally a pet form of Catherine. The sense of "pool of money in a card game" first recorded 1887, probably from kit, in a sense of "collection of necessary supplies" (1833; see kit (1)); but perhaps
rather from northern slang kitty "prison, jail, lock-up" (1825), of uncertain origin. Kitty Hawk, N.C., is apparently a mangling of a native Algonquian name; it also has been written as Chicahauk.
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