[ pat-n ]

  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.

  1. Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.

Origin of patten

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

Other words from patten

  • pattened, adjective

Other definitions for Patten (2 of 2)

[ pat-n ]

  1. Gilbert "Burt L. Standish", 1866–1945, U.S. writer of adventure stories. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use patten in a sentence

  • 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.

  • The chief noises were women's shrill cries, men's laughter, Susan's stays and pattens, Olly Dowden's "heu-heu-heu!"

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • These pattens were fitted on by means of a screw apparatus, which met in front of the foot and was easily fastened.

    Lives of the Engineers | Samuel Smiles
  • Besides these two incumbrances, the stout lady contrived to carry in her hands an umbrella, a basket, and a pair of pattens.

    Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Pattens is desperate, and he is the sort of man who will have no mercy.

    A Plucky Girl | L. T. Meade
  • Goloshes had not then come into use, and women wore in muddy weather pattens or clogs.

British Dictionary definitions for patten


/ (ˈpætən) /

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

Origin of patten

C14: from Old French patin, probably from patte paw

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