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