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patina

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noun pa·ti·na \pə-ˈtē-nə, ˈpa-tə-nə\

Simple Definition of patina

  • : a thin usually green layer that forms naturally on the metals copper and bronze when they are exposed to the air for a long time

  • : a shiny or dark surface that forms naturally on something (such as wood or leather) that is used for a long time

  • : a thin layer

Full Definition of patina

plural pa·ti·nas play \-nəz\ or pa·ti·nae play \-ˌnē, -ˌnī\

  1. 1 a :  a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its color b :  a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use

  2. 2 :  an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character

  3. 3 :  a superficial covering or exterior

Examples of patina

  1. <although the winery is brand-new, it has been constructed and decorated to give it a patina of old-world quaintness>



Origin of patina

Italian, from Latin, shallow dish — more at paten


First Known Use: 1748

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