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[puh-tras, pa-truh s]
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  1. Greek Pa·trai [pah-tre] /ˈpɑ trɛ/. a seaport in the Peloponnesus, in W Greece, on the Gulf of Patras.
  2. Gulf of, an inlet of the Ionian Sea in the NW Peloponnesus, 10 miles (16 km) long; 25 miles (40 km) wide.
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Examples from the Web for patras

Historical Examples

  • One hundred slingers were brought from Ægium, Patras, and Dymæ.

    The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End

    Titus Livius

  • There will then be another journey for you northward to Patras to speak with Germanos.

    The Vintage

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • The mother having expressed the same wish, they were sent to Patras.


    Richard Edgcumbe

  • A few days previously four Turkish prisoners had been sent by him to Patras.


    Richard Edgcumbe

  • After Patras we were more careful (and more proud of our country than ever).

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

British Dictionary definitions for patras


  1. a port in W Greece, in the NW Peloponnese on the Gulf of Patras (an inlet of the Ionian Sea): one of the richest cities in Greece until the 3rd century bc; under Turkish rule from 1458 to 1687 and from 1715 until the War of Greek Independence, which began here in 1821. Pop: 193 000 (2005 est)Modern Greek name: Pátrai (ˈpatrɛ)
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