noun pa·ti·na \pə-ˈtē-nə, ˈpa-tə-nə\

: 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

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

Full Definition of PATINA

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

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, plate, temper, tensile


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