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noun pat·en \ˈpa-tən\

Definition of paten

  1. 1 :  a plate usually made of precious metal and used to carry the bread at the Eucharist

  2. 2 a :  plate b :  something (as a metal disk) resembling a plate

Origin and Etymology of paten

Middle English, from Anglo-French patene, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin patina, from Latin, shallow dish, from Greek patanē

First Known Use: 14th century

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