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patten

[pat-n] /ˈpæt n/
noun
1.
any of various kinds of footwear, as a wooden shoe, a shoe with a wooden sole, a chopine, etc., to protect the feet from mud or wetness.
2.
a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
3.
Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.
Origin of patten
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English paten < Middle French patin wooden shoe, perhaps derivative of pate paw
Related forms
pattened, adjective
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  • She heard the clatter of pattens in the room below; it was Nancy churning in the dairy.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • pattens is desperate, and he is the sort of man who will have no mercy.

    A Plucky Girl L. T. Meade
  • Tokio also wears boots, but Kyoto is noisy with pattens night and day.

  • All the pattens went in, and a new girl with them, in a one piece suit.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In wet weather he carried a large umbrella and walked on pattens.

    Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
  • There is the story of three young women slipping into their pattens and going to the well with their pitchers for water.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • And at the same time he would give the pattens something to worry about over night.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Mother had been very cool about the pattens, owing to nobody knowing them that we knew.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for pattens

patten

/ˈpætən/
noun
1.
a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
Word Origin
C14: from Old French patin, probably from patte paw
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Word Origin and History for pattens

patten

n.

late 14c., from Old French patin "clog, type of shoe" (13c.), probably from pate "paw, foot," from Gallo-Romance *pauta, ultimately perhaps imitative of the sound made by a paw. The immediate source has been sought in Celtic [Barnhart] and Germanic [OED], but evidence is wanting. Likely cognates include Provençal pauta, Catalan pote, Middle Dutch and Dutch poot, German Pfote "paw."

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