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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young cat.
  • intransitive v. To bear kittens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young cat. Diminutive: kitty.
  • n. A young rabbit, rat, hedgehog, squirrel, fox, beaver or badger.
  • v. To give birth to kittens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young cat.
  • v. To bring forth young, as a cat; to bring forth, as kittens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young cat; any young animal of the cat kind.
  • n. One of several bombycid moths or pussmoths. The poplar-kitten is Dicranura bifida; the alder-kitten is D. bicuspis.
  • To bring forth young, as a cat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have kittens
  • n. young domestic cat


Middle English kitoun, probably from Old North French *caton, diminutive of cat, cat, from Late Latin cattus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kiton, kitoun, kyton ("kitten"), diminutive of cat ("cat"). First element probably from Middle English kiteling ("kitten, kit"), from Old Norse ketlingr ("kitten"). Compare Low German kitten ("kitten"). More at kitling, cat, -en. (Wiktionary)



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