noun, plural pat·ties.

any item of food covered with dough, batter, etc., and fried or baked: oyster patties.
a thin, round piece of ground or minced food, as of meat or the like: a hamburger patty.
a thin, round piece, as of candy: peppermint patties.
a little pie; pasty.

Nearby words

  1. patti,
  2. patti, adelina,
  3. pattle,
  4. patton,
  5. patton, george,
  6. patty pan,
  7. patty shell,
  8. patty-cake,
  9. pattypan squash,
  10. pattée

Origin of patty

1700–10; alteration of pâté, conformed to E words with the suffix -y2

Can be confusedpaddy patty




a female given name, form of Patience or Patricia.


[berg or, German berk for 1; burg for 2, 3]


Al·ban [ahl-bahn, ahl-bahn] /ɑlˈbɑn, ˈɑl bɑn/, 1885–1935, Austrian composer.
Patricia JanePatty, 1918–2006, U.S. golfer.
Paul,born 1926, U.S. biochemist: Nobel Prize 1980. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patty


noun plural -ties

a small flattened cake of minced food
a small pie

Word Origin for patty

C18: from French pâté




short for iceberg




a South African word for mountain



Alban (Maria Johannes) (ˈalbaːn). 1885–1935, Austrian composer: a pupil of Schoenberg. His works include the operas Wozzeck (1921) and Lulu (1935), a violin concerto (1935), chamber works, and songs
Paul . born 1926, US molecular biologist, the first to identify transfer RNA (1956). Nobel prize for chemistry 1980
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Word Origin and History for patty
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for patty


[bûrg]Paul Born 1926

American chemist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for developing recombinant methods of inserting genes from simple organisms into the genetic material of similar organisms.

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