paten

noun

pat·​en ˈpa-tᵊn How to pronounce paten (audio)
1
: a plate usually made of precious metal and used to carry the bread at the Eucharist
2
a
: 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, courant.com, 15 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paten was in the 14th century

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“Paten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paten. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

paten

noun
pat·​en ˈpat-ᵊn How to pronounce paten (audio)
1
: a plate of precious metal for the eucharistic bread
2
: a metal plate
3
: a thin disk (as of metal)
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