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  1. 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.
  2. a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
  3. Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.
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Origin of patten

1350–1400; Middle English paten < Middle French patin wooden shoe, perhaps derivative of pate paw
Related formspat·tened, adjective


  1. GilbertBurt L. Standish, 1866–1945, U.S. writer of adventure stories.
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Historical Examples of patten

  • There were exceptions to the rule, however, and Mr. Patten was one of these.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman

    J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd

  • Patten stuck to it till there was no more clothing to issue.

  • He and his son-in-law Patten, and young Moss accompanied me to the steamer.

  • If Patten, a mere boy, had been lounging there, Neale would not have noticed it.

  • "No good without the bag," answered Patten, a calm youth of seventeen.

British Dictionary definitions for patten


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