- a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Origin of paten
1250–1300; Middle English pateyn(e) < Old French patene < Medieval Latin patena, patina Eucharistic plate (Latin: pan); akin to Greek patánē flat dish, Latin patēre to be open (see patent)
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Examples from the Web for paten
Two were banged; Paten and another, named Collier, acquitted.
Paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.
"I'm afraid I must give it against you, old boy," said Paten, good-humoredly.
"I could scarcely have forgotten a man of such impressive manners," said Paten.
"You shall guess before I tell you," said Paten, smiling sadly.
patin or patine (ˈpætɪn)
- a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist
C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan
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Word Origin and History for paten
"plate for bread at Eucharist," c.1300, from Old French patene and directly, from Medieval Latin patena, from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).
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