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kitten

noun kit·ten \ ˈki-tᵊn \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of kitten

: a young cat; also : an immature or young individual of various other small mammals

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Origin and Etymology of kitten

Middle English kitoun, from Anglo-French *kiton, chiton, diminutive of cat, chat cat, from Late Latin cattus


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kitten

verb

Definition of kitten

kittened; kittening play \ˈkit-niŋ, ˈki-tᵊn-iŋ\
intransitive verb
: to give birth to kittens

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First Known Use of kitten

15th century



KITTEN Defined for English Language Learners

kitten

noun

Definition of kitten for English Language Learners

  • : a young cat


KITTEN Defined for Kids

kitten

noun kit·ten \ ˈki-tᵊn \

Definition of kitten for Students

: a young cat

kittenish

\ˈki-tᵊn-ish\ adjective


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