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pattern

[ pat-ern; British pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt ərn; British ˈpæt n /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make or fall into a pattern.

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Origin of pattern

1325–75; Middle English patron<Medieval Latin patrōnus model, special use of Latin patrōnuspatron

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British Dictionary definitions for pattern (1 of 2)

pattern1
/ (ˈpætən) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for pattern (2 of 2)

pattern2

patron

/ (ˈpætərn) /

noun

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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