or pat·in

[ pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt n /


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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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