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

Examples of mitten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Snowflakes as You’ve Never Seen Them Before," 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, "Best Men’s Mittens for Winter Warmth and Dexterity," 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, "How to knit your own Bernie mittens," 24 Jan. 2021 One bit of trash — a child’s blue mitten — became a gift to her editor. Washington Post, "Trash has long been treasure for poet Naomi Shihab Nye," 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., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 The Christmas gift she was given was a pale pink scarf and hat with mittens to match. Beth Thames |, al, "Complaining about being stuck at home? Some don’t have one," 29 Apr. 2020 Some of these items, such as a Viking mitten and the remains of an ancient sled, have not been found anywhere else. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, "Melting Ice Reveals a “Lost” Viking-Era Pass in Norway’s Mountains," 16 Apr. 2020 The mitten cleaned up nicely, as shown in the illustration on the book’s back cover. Washington Post, "Trash has long been treasure for poet Naomi Shihab Nye," 15 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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The first known use of mitten was in the 14th century

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27 Mar 2021

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“Mitten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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