- 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 paten
Paten was one of the company, and included in the accusation.
Two were banged; Paten and another, named Collier, acquitted.
"I'm afraid I must give it against you, old boy," said Paten, good-humoredly.
"I could scarcely have forgotten a man of such impressive manners," said Paten.
"You shall guess before I tell you," said Paten, smiling sadly.
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
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