mit·​ten | \ ˈmi-tᵊn How to pronounce mitten (audio) \

Definition of mitten

1 : a covering for the hand and wrist having a separate section for the thumb only

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Other Words from mitten

mittened \ ˈmi-​tᵊnd How to pronounce mitten (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mitten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Choose from affordable items ranging from dresses, coats, nightgowns, bathrobes, karate gis, and costumes to backpacks, mittens, carriers, shoes and more, in an array of colors and patterns., 27 Nov. 2019 The Christmas gift she was given was a pale pink scarf and hat with mittens to match. Beth Thames |, al, 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mitten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mitten

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

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“Mitten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mitten

: a covering for the hand that has a separate part for the thumb only


mit·​ten | \ ˈmi-tᵊn How to pronounce mitten (audio) \

Kids Definition of mitten

: a covering for the hand and wrist having a separate division for the thumb only

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