From Middle English myten, mitaine, from Old French mitan, miton, mitaine (“mitten”, literally “half-glove”) (Modern French mitaine), from Frankish *mitamo, *mittamo (“half”), superlative of *mitti (“midpoint”), from Proto-Germanic *midjô, *midją (“middle, center”), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (“between, in the middle, center”). Cognate with Old High German mittamo, metemo (“half, in the middle”), Old Dutch medemest (“midmost”), Old English medume (“average, moderate, medium”). More at mid, middle.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɪtn̩/
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- (Southern England, Western New England) IPA(key): /ˈmɪʔn̩/
- Rhymes: -ɪtən
mitten (plural mittens)
- A type of glove or garment that covers a hand with a separate sheath for the thumb, but not for other fingers, which are either enclosed in a single section or left uncovered.
- A cat's or dog's paw that is a different colour from the main body.
- Synonym: sock
- (colloquial, dated, as "the mitten") A romantic rejection; dismissal of a lover.
- to give someone the mitten; to get the mitten
- (slang, chiefly in the plural) A boxing glove.
- (transitive) To dress in mittens; to put a mitten on.
- In the middle.
- Mitten auf der Straße lag ein toter Hund.
- In the middle of the street lay a dead dog.
- “mitten” in Duden online
- definite singular of mitt