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[mit-n] /ˈmɪt n/
a hand covering enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately.
mitt (def 4).
Origin of mitten
1350-1400; Middle English miteyn < Middle French, Old French mitaine, equivalent to mite mitten (< ?) + -aine -an
Related forms
mittenlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • At this, instead of starting down the mountain for the mitten, he slunk slowly away toward home.

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • The narrowing of a child's mitten may begin with every 4th stitch.

  • The Indian pulled off a mitten and held up the hand with the fingers spread.

  • He was soon up with the man again; then a mitten was thrown down for his inspection.

    Fast in the Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • The mitten and overshoe theory may seem to you but a sad sign of approaching age and debility—and so none of them for you.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • Antoine drew off his mitten, and held out to him his bare right hand.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • Then the mitten was thrown as heretofore, and Crusoe made a few steps towards it, but being in no mood for play he turned back.

  • Besides which, my dear friend, they will give you a mitten apiece.

  • Shorty opened the door, felt the bite of the cold, and shrank back to pull down his ear-flaps and mitten his hands.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • He—Then I am to understand that you have given me the mitten, as it were?

    The New Pun Book Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
British Dictionary definitions for mitten


a glove having one section for the thumb and a single section for the other fingers Sometimes shortened to mitt
(slang) a boxing glove
Word Origin
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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