- 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 patin
Patin's widow added fifty centimes, and the bird was given her in a little cage, which she carried away.
Patin, when he entered the inn, would be satisfied to look at her and to compliment her politely and respectfully.
Three days after the wedding Patin could no longer understand how he had ever imagined Desiree to be different from other women.
It is indeed remarkable, that two coins having the same reverse, and the inscription pietas, occur in Patin.
Patin, though he rather slights it himself, tells us in one of his letters that it was very popular at Paris.
- variants of paten
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 patin
"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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