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Q: Origin of the word "Kitty" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Origin of the word "Kitty"
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: shal-ga
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Posted: 14 Mar 2003 17:45 PST
Expires: 13 Apr 2003 18:45 PDT
Question ID: 176365
What is the origin of the term "kitty" as in a "kitty" box? For
example an company money box that employees contribute to subsidize
office snacks, etc.
Subject: Re: Origin of the word "Kitty"
Answered By: juggler-ga on 14 Mar 2003 18:02 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

From The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth

"kitty... NOUN...
1. A fund made up of a portion of each pot in a poker game. 2. A pool
of money, especially one to which a number of people have contributed
for a designated purpose. 3. See widow (sense 3).
ETYMOLOGY: Probably from kit1"
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The origin of "kit" is: 
"Middle English kitte, wooden tub, probably from Middle Dutch."
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Thus, the word generally refers to the "pot" in card games such as
poker. It apparently comes from the Middle English "kitte" (wooden

search strategy: 
google groups, kitty, money, poker

I hope this helps.
shal-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Origin of the word "Kitty"
From: johnfrommelbourne-ga on 15 Mar 2003 05:35 PST
Having just left a cafe thats promotes itself as the
"Kitty...something, something cafe" with plenty of stuffed pussycats
around the windows I have come in here thinking I was going to find
definitions related to the feline version of the term "kitty".

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