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 This kitten has taken this devastating tragedy to a new level. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Adopted kitten helps with grief, causes family feud," 12 Dec. 2020 In one window, a brown kitten batted a red ball, very cutely, again and again. Steve Rubenstein,, "Chalk it up to 2020: To prevent crowds, pet adoption drive at Macy’s goes virtual," 24 Nov. 2020 In the 1970s, Mike Milligan’s family got a kitten from a friend. Washington Post, "The name game: For these pets, inspiration came in many forms," 23 Nov. 2020 The kitten was a domestic short-haired orange tabby., "Cat in Westminster area found positive for rabies," 1 Dec. 2020 Put a real kitten or puppy in the department store display window, as the SPCA has traditionally done, and a whole lot of folks will stand shoulder to shoulder, transfixed. Steve Rubenstein,, "Chalk it up to 2020: To prevent crowds, pet adoption drive at Macy’s goes virtual," 24 Nov. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This 9-month-old boy is your typical rascally kitten: playful, curious and full of energy., "Pet of the week," 9 Jan. 2021 One serval kitten in a crate appeared lethargic, with watery eyes and diarrhea. Animals, "The black-market trade in wildlife has moved online, and the deluge is 'dizzying'," 18 Dec. 2020 The visually arresting 22-year-old looks plucked out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting with long black curly hair and old-world features, and frequently wears a vintage Oasis T-shirt and Manolo kitten heels. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This 22-Year-Old Is Paying for College by Selling Rare Vintage on Depop," 22 Dec. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of kitten was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Kitten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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