mit·​ten ˈmi-tᵊn How to pronounce mitten (audio)
: a covering for the hand and wrist having a separate section for the thumb only
mittened adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not like a glove exactly, but like a reliable mitten). Vogue, 4 May 2022 Wolverines fans looking to see Patterson suiting up for the Panthers in the mitten will have pump the breaks on things. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2022 Séítah, which is shaped like a mitten, is not without obstacles -- the main one being sand dunes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 June 2021 This bath mitten, a hybrid of a dry brush and sponge, cleanses, exfoliates and massages—my skin has never felt softer. WSJ, 4 May 2021 Whether made with setups using sapphire and carbon fiber or an old mitten and a standard camera, these photographic approaches allow close-ups of the tiny masterpieces formed when snow falls. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 The inside tip of the mitten should extend about a quarter of an inch past the end of your outstretched fingers. Outdoor Life, 22 Feb. 2021 For example, the distance between the outer sides of my index and pinky fingers was 3 ½ inches (8.7 centimeters), so the total circumference of my mitten would be 7 inches (17.5 centimeters). Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 24 Jan. 2021 One bit of trash — a child’s blue mitten — became a gift to her editor. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


Middle English mitain, from Anglo-French, probably from Old French mite, name for a cat

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mitten was in the 14th century

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“Mitten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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mit·​ten ˈmit-ᵊn How to pronounce mitten (audio)
: a covering for the hand and wrist having a separate section for the thumb only
mittened adjective

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