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Age SpecificPlay
Use 'kitten' for cats under one year old; older cats are 'cats', not 'kittens'. SlideThe four-month-old kitten napped in the sun.
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Endearing TermPlay
'Kitten' often conveys cuteness and innocence and can reflect someone's affection for a cat. SlideMy grandmother calls her new kitten 'her little ball of fluff'.
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Nonliteral UsePlay
Sometimes 'kitten' is used figuratively to describe anything small or baby-like. SlideLook at this tiny kitten of a pumpkin you grew!