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 kittening (audio) \

Definition of kitten (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give birth to kittens

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Examples of kitten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Texas is a 4-year-old male tabby adopted from Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue as a kitten. The Arizona Republic, "Matrix and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 28 Nov. 2020 When Andrea Dietrich of McLean, Va., was a substitute preschool assistant 11 years ago, a student brought in a tiny kitten for show-and-tell. John Kelly, Washington Post, "When naming their pets, some dog and cat owners look to history," 24 Nov. 2020 There’s also a 24/7 kitten and dog channel in the Home section! Adrienne So, Wired, "Pluto TV and the Nostalgic Joy of Drop-In Television," 15 Oct. 2020 In an interview, Louffler said his kitten, Midnight, died this morning and showed a reporter a photo of the cat from earlier this week. Washington Post, "Crowd gathers outside White House as voters continue to cast ballots," 3 Nov. 2020 Kim was adopted as a very small kitten, but sadly, after her owner became allergic to cats three years later, her human reluctantly returned the long-haired feline beauty to the shelter., "pet of the week," 26 Oct. 2020 The tail of a third kitten was injured, the release states. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, "Searcy man accused of burning 3 kittens, killing 2," 23 Oct. 2020 The seller finally agreed to leave her cat, and Ms. Sperry bought her a replacement kitten. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "In Tight Housing Market, Sales Come With Surprising Conditions, Including Skeletons," 23 Oct. 2020 This is Helena, a 9-week-old kitten who likes playing with the kid’s toys. cleveland, "Fairy, mermaid, the president among today’s Best Pet Halloween Costume contest entries (photos of Cujo-Helena)," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rosario Rodriguez paused long enough to see the video of the brown kitten twice. Steve Rubenstein,, "Chalk it up to 2020: To prevent crowds, pet adoption drive at Macy’s goes virtual," 24 Nov. 2020 Cats: cat and kitten dry and canned food (suggested brands: Purina Cat & Kitten, Professional, ProPac, Iams, Science Diet), formula, small cat beds, cat nip toys, cardboard scratch pads for cats, scoopable litter and covered litter pan. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "More Louisville families than ever need help this holiday season. Here's how you can help," 6 Nov. 2020 Molly Goddard collaborated with Ugg on her shaggy slip-ons; at Louis Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquière turned a quilted ski boot into a fashion statement, and at Balenciaga Demna Gvasalia added kitten heels to logo slipper slides. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2021 Accessories Trend Report," 15 Oct. 2020 The rapper modeled a classic trench coat, a brown leather tote and kitten heels embossed with the iconic Coach logo in a photo posted to the brand's Instagram feed. Hanna Flanagan,, "Kate Moss Makes a Surprise Appearance at Coach Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Show," 22 Sep. 2020 Many people want a pandemic puppy or kitten to ease the stress of current events. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 scams spreading online that can cost you thousands," 18 Sep. 2020 Acid-washed jeans feel modern with a billowy blouse and kitten heels. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Perfect Fall Denim Outfit Ideas to Copy All Season," 8 Sep. 2020 Teller also says that people who adopted a new puppy or kitten during the pandemic should be extra mindful, as these pets have only ever lived in a household where humans are always around. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Have a paw-sitive transition after quarantine," 14 Aug. 2020 The crew was luckily able to rescue the ornage kitten by scooping him out of the water. Claudia Harmata,, "Fishing Crew Nabs a Surprising 'Catch of the Day' When They Save a Tiny Cat Stuck in Open Ocean," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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4 Dec 2020

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“Kitten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce kitten (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kitten

: a young cat


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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