[ pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh ]
/ ˈpæt n ə, pəˈti nə /


a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.
Also patine [puh-teen] /pəˈtin/.

Origin of patina

1740–50; < Italian: coating < Latin: pan. See paten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patina (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpætɪnə) /

noun plural -nas

a film of oxide formed on the surface of a metal, esp the green oxidation of bronze or copperSee also verdigris (def. 1)
any fine layer on a surfacea patina of frost
the sheen on a surface that is caused by much handling

Word Origin for patina

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

British Dictionary definitions for patina (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpætɪnə) /

noun plural -nae (-ˌniː)

a broad shallow dish used in ancient Rome

Word Origin for patina

from Latin, from Greek patanē platter
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Word Origin and History for patina



"greenish film on old bronze," 1748, from French patine (18c.), from Italian patina, perhaps from Latin patina "dish, pan" (see pan (n.)), on the notion of encrustation on ancient bronze dishes. Sense of "refinement, cultural sophistication" first recorded 1933.

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