- 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.
Origin of patten
- GilbertBurt L. Standish, 1866–1945, U.S. writer of adventure stories.
Examples from the Web for patten
Historical Examples of patten
There were exceptions to the rule, however, and Mr. Patten was one of these.
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.A Journey to America in 1834
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.
- a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
Word Origin for patten
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."