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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

Kitty

[kit-ee]
noun
a female given name, form of Katherine or Catherine.
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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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Example sentences
Kitty had repeated this without attaching any significance to the words.
They don't have enough backbone and self-discipline to quit looting the kitty.
Funds from the grant kitty are further used to disseminate experimental results
  at scientific meetings and conferences.
They could keep these, or put some or all of them into a kitty.
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