Definition of patina
patinasplay \pə-ˈtē-nəz, ˈpa-tə-nəz\ or
patinaeplay \pə-ˈtē-ˌnē, -ˌnī, ˈpa-tə-\
1a : a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its colorb : a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use the beautiful patina of this antique table
2 : an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character the criminal has acquired a patina of respectability by his friendship with well-known businessmen
3 : a superficial covering or exterior The toast was spread with a patina of butter.
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Examples of patina in a Sentence
although the winery is brand-new, it has been constructed and decorated to give it a patina of old-world quaintness
Recent Examples of patina from the Web
Here are 10 reasons: Because patina adds to the charm: The imperfections give it character, Long said.
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What’s popular: Lamps with rusty patina made with automotive and motorcycle parts, metal shades, Edison-style bulbs and dimmable sockets ($175 to $325).
But the idea that Sean Spicer has been body-shamed out of the spotlight still holds a patina of plausibility.
In her world, her father is getting things done on the regular and all of the negative stuff written about him is produced by haters and lacks even the patina of truth.
Even companies with a patina of tech-press buzz can benefit.
Mike O'Brien, his white hair and beard luminescent inside the dark sanctuary, pulled up a chair and got nose-to-patina with the mid-sized bell.
The building’s facade, made of zinc and copper, will oxidize over time, creating a patina delivering the look of a building from Williamsburg’s past.
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Did You Know?
Italians began using "patina" in the 17th century to refer to the green film that is produced on the surface of copper. They borrowed the word from Latin, where it means "a shallow dish." (Presumably, the Italian meaning developed from the observation of such film forming on copper dishes.) By the mid-18th century, English speakers were also calling the green film "patina." And by the early 20th century, "patina" was being used in English for the gloss of polished metals, like silver, as well as wooden furniture - a meaning that led to its literary use for a surrounding aura, as demonstrated in this quote from Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm (1932): "The very atmosphere seemed covered with a rich patina of love."
PATINA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of patina for English Language Learners
: 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
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