[ pa-trik ]
/ ˈpæ trɪk /


Saint,a.d. 389?–461?, British missionary and bishop in Ireland: patron saint of Ireland.
(Curtis) Lester,1883–1960, Canadian ice-hockey player and manager, in the U.S. after 1926.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “patrician.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for patrick, saint


/ (ˈpætrɪk) /


Saint. 5th century ad, Christian missionary in Ireland, probably born in Britain; patron saint of Ireland. Feast day: March 17
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Culture definitions for patrick, saint

Patrick, Saint

An early bishop in Ireland, who spread Christianity throughout the nation. Patrick is honored as Ireland's patron saint.


Many legends have grown up about Patrick: that he drove snakes out of Ireland, for example, and that he used a three-leafed clover, the shamrock, to illustrate the Trinity.
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