kit·​ten | \ ˈki-tᵊn How to pronounce kitten (audio) \

Definition of kitten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


kittened; kittening\ ˈkit-​niŋ , ˈki-​tᵊn-​iŋ How to pronounce kitten (audio) \

Definition of kitten (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give birth to kittens

Examples of kitten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The series doesn’t resolve the mystery of Lisa’s missing mom but teases that her kitten-vomiting power stems from her mom’s bloodline. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 After 45 days of feeding the kitten, Tucker took him home and named him Henry. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, 13 Mar. 2022 Rescued as a kitten, Mostaccioli has grown into a healthy cat over the past year and a half. Natasha Dado,, 6 Jan. 2022 This kitten is just one of the thousands of needy animals AHS' emergency animal medical technicians helped last year. Kelli Bender,, 7 Dec. 2021 Caitlin wrote of first learning of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society kitten. Kelli Bender,, 21 Dec. 2021 Batiste purrs like a kitten, recalling the pleasure of that pulse. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 Penny Sixteen-year-old Penny started life as a feral kitten in a parking lot of the ArtHouse in Old Brooklyn, fed by neighbors. cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021 Together the pair manage to make their own happy home, and Edith even introduces Louis to his destiny via the unassuming kitten that will spark his empire. Leah Greenblatt,, 21 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some wore luxurious gowns that reminded me of Disney princesses, and others wore kitten heels with cocktail dresses. Essence, 7 Jan. 2022 Beth Stern hosted the annual show, in which floofy kittens frolicked around on a kitten-sized football field. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2022 This year, try kitten or block heels or a pair with ultra-pillowy soles. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2021 In fact, her life was originally saved all the way back in 2017 when she was brought to the shelter as an underage, orphaned bottle baby kitten. The Arizona Republic, 11 Dec. 2021 So basically kitten heels are making people have better orgasms and assisting vaginal health. Brooklyn White, Essence, 6 Dec. 2021 Even for dressier occasions, Holmes is still putting comfort first with prim kitten heels and beautifully crafted pumps. Vogue, 20 Oct. 2021 And in the shoe department, secondhand Nikes are partnered with delicate kitten heels by a London designer to make a very fancy combo. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Animal: Lemon Pie, 5-month-old, 6-pound male domestic shorthair kitten. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of kitten


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kitten


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

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More Definitions for kitten


kit·​ten | \ ˈki-tᵊn How to pronounce kitten (audio) \

Kids Definition of kitten

: a young cat

Other Words from kitten

kittenish \ ˈki-​tᵊn-​ish \ adjective


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