American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A covering for the hand that encases the thumb separately and the four fingers together.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A glove; a covering for the hand, with or without fingers.
- n. A covering for the hand, differing from a glove in not having a separate cover for each finger, the thumb only being separated, made of leather, dogskin, sealskin, etc., or knitted of thick wool.
- n. A mitt.
- To put mittens on.
- To give the mitten to. See phrase under mitten, n.
- n. A type of glove or garment that covers a hand with a separate sheath for the thumb, but not for other fingers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A covering for the hand, worn to defend it from cold or injury. It differs from a glove in not having a separate sheath for each finger.
- n. A cover for the wrist and forearm.
- n. glove that encases the thumb separately and the other four fingers together
- From Middle English myten, mitaine, from Old French mitan, miton, mitaine ("mitten", literally "half-glove") (Modern French mitaine), from Frankish *mitamo, *mittamo (“half”), superlative of *mitti (“midpoint”), from Proto-Germanic *midjô, *midjan (“middle, center”), from Proto-Indo-European *medʰy- (“between, in the middle, center”). Cognate with Old High German mittamo, metemo ("half, in the middle"), Old Dutch medemest ("midmost"), Old English medeme ("middling, average, median", literally "midmost, in the middle"). More at mid, middle. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French mitaine (from mite, cat's caress, mitten, from mit, cat) and from Medieval Latin mitta, mitten (possibly from Old French mite). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Her mitten is off, and the big Colt's revolver is in her hand.”
“Her mitten is off, and the revolver is in her hand.”
“But as the mitten was already up on the advent calendar, I decided it was a good day for my wee snowman.”
“The mitten is a thing by which he may be traced, and I'll send my peons to start inquiries tomorrow.”
“Again the mitten was a caressing obstacle to utterance.”
“There seems to be a bit of a craze sweeping the nation at the moment, a whirlwind of activity that can only be described as a mitten maelstrom.”
“Some said that Susan had given her young man the mitten, meaning thereby that she had signified that his services as a suitor were dispensed with.”
“Perhaps the girl who gave him the "mitten" is there.”
“I took some copper wire and made little finger armatures for both hands, using the "mitten" as a guide.”
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