[ pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt n /


any of various kinds of footwear, as a wooden shoe, a shoe with a wooden sole, a chopine, etc., to protect the feet from mud or wetness.
a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.

Nearby words

  1. patronym,
  2. patronymic,
  3. patroon,
  4. patrón,
  5. patsy,
  6. patter,
  7. patter song,
  8. pattern,
  9. pattern bargaining,
  10. pattern bombing

Origin of patten

1350–1400; Middle English paten < Middle French patin wooden shoe, perhaps derivative of pate paw

Related formspat·tened, adjective


[ pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt n /


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British Dictionary definitions for patten


/ (ˈpætən) /


a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring

Word Origin for patten

C14: from Old French patin, probably from patte paw

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Word Origin and History 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."

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