porcelain paste used in ceramic work.
Origin of pâte
dating back to 1860–65;
see origin at paste
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British Dictionary definitions for pâte
the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence
Word Origin for pate
C14: of unknown origin
a spread of very finely minced liver, poultry, etc, served usually as an hors d'oeuvre
a savoury pie of meat or fish
Word Origin for pâté
from French: paste 1
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Word Origin and History for pâte
"top of the head," early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), of unknown origin; perhaps a shortened form of Old French patene or Medieval Latin patena, both from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).
"paste," 1706, from French pâté, from Old French paste, earlier pastée, from paste (see paste (n.)).
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