- patter song,
- pattern bargaining,
- pattern bombing
Origin of patten
Examples from the Web for patten
"I don't care whether Patten is a physician or not," she ran on.
She had noted carelessly a few scrawled words in Patten's slovenly hand.
With the exception of Duchess and possibly Patten's Greening we shall certainly sell our next crop in bushel boxes.
Mr. Patten of Manchester favored the bill and hoped the motion of Mr. Whicher would be voted down.
That it was Patten she knew only when she had gone down the steps and had overtaken him there.
Word Origin for patten
late 14c., from Old French patin "clog, type of shoe" (13c.), probably from pate "paw, foot," from Gallo-Romance *pauta, ultimately perhaps imitative of the sound made by a paw. The immediate source has been sought in Celtic [Barnhart] and Germanic [OED], but evidence is wanting. Likely cognates include Provençal pauta, Catalan pote, Middle Dutch and Dutch poot, German Pfote "paw."