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or pat·in

[ pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt n /


a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Nearby words

patellar ligament, patellar reflex, patellate, patellectomy, patelliform, paten, patency, patenier, patent, patent ambiguity, patent cliff

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paten


patin or patine (ˈpætɪn)

/ (ˈpætən) /


a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist

Word Origin for paten

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper