[ pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh ]
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  1. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.

  2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.

  1. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.

Origin of patina

1740–50; <Italian: coating <Latin: pan. See paten
  • Also patine [puh-teen]. /pəˈtin/.

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British Dictionary definitions for patina (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpætɪnə) /

nounplural -nas
  1. a film of oxide formed on the surface of a metal, esp the green oxidation of bronze or copper: See also verdigris (def. 1)

  2. any fine layer on a surface: a patina of frost

  1. the sheen on a surface that is caused by much handling

Origin of patina

C18: from Italian: coating, from Latin: patina ²

British Dictionary definitions for patina (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpætɪnə) /

nounplural -nae (-ˌniː)
  1. a broad shallow dish used in ancient Rome

Origin of patina

from Latin, from Greek patanē platter

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