- 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
Examples from the Web for pattens
The Pattens did not need the Declaration of Independence to tell them about the American Cause.
Colonists like the Pattens did not fight against imperial rule because they resented paying taxes.
She heard the clatter of pattens in the room below; it was Nancy churning in the dairy.The Manxman
Pattens is desperate, and he is the sort of man who will have no mercy.A Plucky Girl
L. T. Meade
Tokio also wears boots, but Kyoto is noisy with pattens night and day.Roving East and Roving West
E. V. Lucas
All the Pattens went in, and a new girl with them, in a one piece suit.Bab: A Sub-Deb
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In wet weather he carried a large umbrella and walked on pattens.Curiosities of Impecuniosity
H. G. Somerville
- a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
Word Origin and History for pattens
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."