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noun, plural pat·ties.
  1. any item of food covered with dough, batter, etc., and fried or baked: oyster patties.
  2. a thin, round piece of ground or minced food, as of meat or the like: a hamburger patty.
  3. a thin, round piece, as of candy: peppermint patties.
  4. a little pie; pasty.

Origin of patty

1700–10; alteration of pâté, conformed to E words with the suffix -y2
Can be confusedpaddy patty


  1. a female given name, form of Patience or Patricia.


[berg or, German berk for 1; burg for 2, 3]
  1. Al·ban [ahl-bahn, ahl-bahn] /ɑlˈbɑn, ˈɑl bɑn/, 1885–1935, Austrian composer.
  2. Patricia JanePatty, 1918–2006, U.S. golfer.
  3. Paul,born 1926, U.S. biochemist: Nobel Prize 1980.
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  • I am going to fulfil my promise at last, and take you to see Patty!

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap

    Laura E. Richards

  • Well, as I was saying, Patty, only the children do interrupt so.

  • At last—oh wonderful day—they came, father, Patty and Tommy!

    Ten American Girls From History

    Kate Dickinson Sweetser

  • "But you are spoiling your fair pictures, Aunt Patty," said Hardin.


    Effie Afton

  • Aunt Patty declared 'twas a sight angels might envy, their love and happiness.


    Effie Afton

British Dictionary definitions for patty


noun plural -ties
  1. a small flattened cake of minced food
  2. a small pie

Word Origin

C18: from French pâté


  1. short for iceberg


  1. a South African word for mountain


  1. Alban (Maria Johannes) (ˈalbaːn). 1885–1935, Austrian composer: a pupil of Schoenberg. His works include the operas Wozzeck (1921) and Lulu (1935), a violin concerto (1935), chamber works, and songs
  2. Paul . born 1926, US molecular biologist, the first to identify transfer RNA (1956). Nobel prize for chemistry 1980
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Word Origin and History for patty


"small pie," 1710, from patti-pan (1690s) "something baked in a small pan," from French pâté, from Old French paste (see paste (n.)).



short for iceberg, attested from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

patty in Medicine


  1. American chemist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for developing recombinant methods of inserting genes from simple organisms into the genetic material of similar organisms.
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