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paten

or pat·in

[pat-n]
noun
  1. a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Paten was one of the company, and included in the accusation.

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    Charles James Lever

  • Two were banged; Paten and another, named Collier, acquitted.

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    Charles James Lever

  • "I'm afraid I must give it against you, old boy," said Paten, good-humoredly.

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    Charles James Lever

  • "I could scarcely have forgotten a man of such impressive manners," said Paten.

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    Charles James Lever

  • "You shall guess before I tell you," said Paten, smiling sadly.

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    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for paten

paten

patin or patine (ˈpætɪn)

noun
  1. a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan
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Word Origin and History for paten

n.

"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.)).

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