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chaton: kitten


Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in Old French, from chat +‎ -on

chaton: catkin


chaton m ‎(plural chatons, feminine chatonne)

  1. kitten, kitty (baby cat)
  2. catkin

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French chaton, chaston, from Old French chastun ‎(the projecting part of a ring embedded with a stone), from Frankish *kastō ‎(box, case), from Proto-Germanic *kastô, *kasô, *kasą, *kazą ‎(vessel, container, pitcher, barrel). Cognate with Old High German kasto ‎(box, case) (Modern German Kasten), Dutch kast ‎(cupboard, case), Old English castenere ‎(cabinet, chest), Old Norse kass, kassi ‎(basket), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍃 ‎(kas, vessel, container), Old High German char ‎(vessel, bowl, tray, trough), Middle Low German kar ‎(vessel, basket), Old Norse ker ‎(vessel, container).

chaton: collet (silver), and chaton: jewel (blue)


chaton m ‎(plural chatons)

  1. collet, beazle (around a jewel, on a ring)
  2. (by extension) the jewel itself (around which the collet is, on a ring)

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