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Definition of nit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the egg of a louse or other parasitic insect also : the insect itself when young
2 : a minor shortcoming

Definition of nit (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly British

Definition of NIT (Entry 3 of 3)

National Invitational Tournament

First Known Use of nit

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nit

Noun (1)

Middle English nite, from Old English hnitu; akin to Old High German hniz nit, Greek konid-, konis

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The first known use of nit was before the 12th century

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“Nit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nit. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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Kids Definition of nit

: the egg of a louse

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Medical Definition of nit

: the egg of a louse or other parasitic insect also : the insect itself when young

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