Common to West and North Germanic: cognate with Old English catte, Old Frisian katte, Middle Dutch katte) (Dutch kat), Old High German kazza (German Katze), Old Norse ketta (Swedish katta). The word existed in the Germanic languages in a masculine gender also, represented in Old Saxon by katto. The word appears to be related to Late Latin cattus as well as to similar words in the Slavic and Celtic languages, but the ultimate source is uncertain.
- a female cat
- female cat; especially one which has had kittens