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[ pat-ern; British pat-n ]


  1. a decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, etc.

    Synonyms: figure

  2. decoration or ornament having such a design.
  3. a natural or chance marking, configuration, or design:

    patterns of frost on the window.

  4. a distinctive style, model, or form:

    a new pattern of army helmet.

    Synonyms: sort, kind

  5. a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies, etc., forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement:

    the behavior patterns of teenagers.

  6. an original or model considered for or deserving of imitation:

    Our constitution has been a pattern for those of many new republics.

    Synonyms: exemplar, example

  7. anything fashioned or designed to serve as a model or guide for something to be made:

    a paper pattern for a dress.

  8. a sufficient quantity of material for making a garment.
  9. the path of flight established for an aircraft approaching an airport at which it is to land.
  10. a diagram of lines transmitted occasionally by a television station to aid in adjusting receiving sets; test pattern.
  11. Metallurgy. a model or form, usually of wood or metal, used for giving the shape of the interior of a mold.
  12. Numismatics. a coin, either the redesign of an existing piece or the model for a new one, submitted for authorization as a regular issue.
  13. an example, instance, sample, or specimen.
  14. Gunnery, Aerial Bombing.
    1. the distribution of strikes around a target at which artillery rounds have been fired or on which bombs have been dropped.
    2. a diagram showing such distribution.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make or fashion after or according to a pattern.
  2. to cover or mark with a pattern.
  3. Chiefly British Dialect.
    1. to imitate.
    2. to attempt to match or duplicate.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make or fall into a pattern.



/ ˈpætən /


  1. an arrangement of repeated or corresponding parts, decorative motifs, etc

    although the notes seemed random, a careful listener could detect a pattern

  2. a decorative design

    a paisley pattern

  3. a style

    various patterns of cutlery

  4. a plan or diagram used as a guide in making something

    a paper pattern for a dress

  5. a standard way of moving, acting, etc

    traffic patterns

  6. a model worthy of imitation

    a pattern of kindness

  7. a representative sample
  8. a wooden or metal shape or model used in a foundry to make a mould
    1. the arrangement of marks made in a target by bullets
    2. a diagram displaying such an arrangement


  1. often foll byafter or on to model
  2. to arrange as or decorate with a pattern



/ ˈpætərn /


  1. an outdoor assembly with religious practices, traders' stalls, etc on the feast day of a patron saint

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Other Words From

  • pattern·a·ble adjective
  • patterned adjective
  • pattern·er noun
  • pattern·less adjective
  • pattern·like adjective
  • pattern·y adjective
  • non·patterned adjective
  • re·pattern verb (used with object)
  • semi·patterned adjective
  • sub·pattern noun
  • un·patterned adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pattern1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English patron, from Medieval Latin patrōnus “model,” special use of Latin patrōnus “legal protector, advocate”; patron

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pattern1

C14 patron, from Medieval Latin patrōnus example, from Latin: patron 1

Origin of pattern2

C18: variant of patron 1; see pattern 1

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Example Sentences

This, according to the writers, is a marked departure from the voting patterns of the 2016 presidential elections.

From Quartz

When macrophages and other innate immune cells respond to pathogens, their DNA gets epigenetic modifications that make it easier to activate the genes that direct the cell to make pattern recognition receptors and disease-fighting proteins.

We have to remember that, and be vigilant in our efforts so that we do not reproduce these patterns.

Including non-Western countries in AI ethics is the best way to avoid repeating this pattern.

Chang isn’t the only one to encounter unusual patterns in the options market.

From Fortune

And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.

I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.

Although the Brits would capture New York City a few weeks later, a pattern had been set.

The endpaper features a “pattern of marbleized paper” that has been “individually designed.”

The loss of his life, and all the others from this summer, back to Trayvon and well before that, are part of a pattern.

The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.

Her eye fastened on a circular portion of the wall-paper pattern, and she felt that the whole room was revolving about her.

Antonius and Hieronymus conjointly built a number of large pattern violins, which are of high finish and beautiful wood.

It is a matter of regret that some one pattern has not been agreed on by all the builders concerned.

Another of the same set in the same hands is a splendid Stradiuarius of the large pattern with a magnificent tone.


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