mit·​ten | \ˈmi-tᵊn \

Definition of mitten 

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

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mittened \-​tᵊnd \ adjective

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Mackinac Island, MI Hold up your hand to represent the mitten shape of Michigan, and imagine Mackinac Island as a speck just above the tip of your middle finger, where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Those summer dresses, sandals and beach towels aren’t of interest, but chunky sweaters and close-toed shoes and boots, ski jackets, hats, mittens and gloves are a good bet. Fox News, "The best season for garage sales," 25 Sep. 2018 Weather forecast for Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 Wochit Best to wear mittens and drive carefully during your commute this week. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan saw arctic weather Super Bowl weekend, more to come this week," 5 Feb. 2018 Milwaukee Public Schools is asking for donations of hats and mittens and other cold-weather gear for their students. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How do we avoid passing stereotypes on to our kids?," 10 Jan. 2018 Koozie mittens to keep your drink cold and hands warm. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Restaurants to try before they close and the Manitowoc Minute guy introduces fashion line," 21 Mar. 2018 The exact bundle that Crew is sporting is from Lou Lou and Co., and also comes with mittens and a hat. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The Sweet Meaning Behind Chip and Joanna Gaines’ First Outfit for Baby Crew — and Where to Buy It," 25 June 2018 The Chinese mitten crab is most notably recognized by its furry claws, experts said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "If you find this furry crab in Maryland waters, don’t throw it back," 25 June 2018 Get Down with the Locals for a Caribbean Christmas Picture yourself swapping your mittens for sunscreen, snow galoshes for a floppy hat and eggnog for beachside tropical cocktails. Princess Cruises, Bon Appetit, "Set Sail for Adventure This Holiday Season," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mitten

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


mit·​ten | \ˈmi-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of mitten

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

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