Definition of mitten in English:



usually mittens
  • 1A glove with two sections, one for the thumb and the other for all four fingers.

    • ‘Terry and Andy looked almost identical in the pictures if it wasn't for the fact that they were each wearing a different color scarf, hat and mitten sets they would have been the same.’
    • ‘Some variation for the mittens would be to add a cuff of ribbing or fringe to the outside of the mitten.’
    • ‘I've been reading blogs of people who are making truly beautiful mittens at the moment, and I am in mitten envy.’
    • ‘Cool the soup in the refrigerator, placing an oven mitten under the pot to prevent the plastic shelf coating from melting.’
    • ‘I tore off my mitten and examined purple teeth marks.’
    • ‘But instead he pushes himself on, shrugging back into his parka, cinching the hood, donning one mitten and then the other with the help of his teeth.’
    • ‘The arms were gloved in a seemingly soft, dull brown mitten.’
    • ‘I've knitted mountains of stuff - well over 75 jackets for premature babies, 10 hat and mitten sets and at least a dozen blankets for dogs in three months.’
    • ‘With this kind of configuration, the grapple works like a hand as opposed to a thumb and bucket, which is more like wearing a mitten.’
    • ‘They were fingerless, with a hood that one could pull over one's fingers to turn it into a mitten.’
    • ‘Then, over each rubber glove, she pulls an old athletic sock, mitten or cotton glove.’
    • ‘An ordinary glove or mitten may be worn on the bow hand.’
    • ‘Everyone I know is going to get a matching tea-cosy, hat, scarf, mitten and egg-cosy set for Christmas.’
    • ‘The kind that wears a matching pink scarf, mitten and hat set as she frolics in fake snow with a boy in a sweater vest.’
    • ‘This is also the only knitting machine that will produce a fabric like the old and familiar style of striped mitten… yet so simple that a child of six to ten years of age can operate it easily and readily.’
    • ‘He told me of one such time, when he'd been sent to the store with the money put in his mitten, on returning he'd stopped out front and the change, a nickel, somehow slipped out into a snowdrift.’
    • ‘She had started to make breakfast but wasn't looking and got butter everywhere and grabbed the frying pan that was all metal and forgot (as usual) to use a mitten.’
    • ‘The earliest example of what can strictly be call naalbinding is found in a mitten from Asle Mose, Sweden, dated to C3 or C4 A.D., but the technique was already quite elaborate by that time.’
    • ‘But I then noticed that my right hand was starting to get warm, like I had a mitten on I looked over at Blake and he must have noticed also, because he was also looking at me with an astonished face.’
    • ‘It's for a fast hat for me, and probably some kind of fingerless mitten to wear at work when it's cold (and over light gloves in the morning at the bus stop).’
    1. 1.1mittensinformal Boxing gloves.


Middle English: from Old French mitaine, perhaps from mite, a pet name for a cat (because mittens were often made of fur).