[pat-ern; British pat-n]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make or fall into a pattern.

Origin of pattern

1325–75; Middle English patron < Medieval Latin patrōnus model, special use of Latin patrōnus patron
Related formspat·tern·a·ble, adjectivepat·terned, adjectivepat·tern·er, nounpat·tern·less, adjectivepat·tern·like, adjectivepat·tern·y, adjectivenon·pat·terned, adjectivere·pat·tern, verb (used with object)sem·i·pat·terned, adjectivesub·pat·tern, nounun·pat·terned, adjective

Synonyms for pattern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patterned




an arrangement of repeated or corresponding parts, decorative motifs, etcalthough the notes seemed random, a careful listener could detect a pattern
a decorative designa paisley pattern
a stylevarious patterns of cutlery
a plan or diagram used as a guide in making somethinga paper pattern for a dress
a standard way of moving, acting, etctraffic patterns
a model worthy of imitationa pattern of kindness
a representative sample
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

verb (tr)

(often foll by after or on) to model
to arrange as or decorate with a pattern

Word Origin for pattern

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





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

Word Origin for pattern

C18: variant of patron 1; see pattern 1
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Word Origin and History for patterned



early 14c., "outline, plan, model, pattern;" early 15c. as "model of behavior, exemplar," from Old French patron and directly from Medieval Latin patronus (see patron).

Extended sense of "decorative design" first recorded 1580s, from earlier sense of a "patron" as a model to be imitated. The difference in form and sense between patron and pattern wasn't firm till 1700s. Meaning "model or design in dressmaking" (especially one of paper) is first recorded 1792, in Jane Austen.



1580s, "to make a pattern for, design, plan," from pattern (n.). Meaning "to make something after a pattern" is c.1600. Phrase pattern after "take as a model" is from 1878.

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