pat·​en | \ ˈpa-tᵊn How to pronounce paten (audio) \

Definition of paten

1 : a plate usually made of precious metal and used to carry the bread at the Eucharist
2a : plate
b : something (such as a metal disk) resembling a plate

Examples of paten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The collection also includes annual reports from parishes dating back to 1851, memorabilia and personal items, like the ceremonial chalice and paten given to the Rev. Richard Sherer when he was ordained in 1958 along with someone’s golf clubs. Ken Byron,, 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of paten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paten

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

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“Paten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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