patten

noun
pat·​ten | \ ˈpa-tᵊn How to pronounce patten (audio) \

Definition of patten

: a clog, sandal, or overshoe often with a wooden sole or metal device to elevate the foot and increase the wearer's height or aid in walking in mud

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View Sample Sign Up Now The two murders are part of a disturbing patten in Dallas. Gina Martinez, Time, "Two Recent Murders of Black Trans Women in Texas Reveal a Nationwide Crisis, Advocates Say," 7 June 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge's sister wore a colorful floor-length dress by Alice Temperley, which featured a striking patten and a bow detail. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Steps Out in a Striking Floor-Length Gown in London," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of patten

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patten

Middle English patin, from Anglo-French, from pate paw, hoof, from Vulgar Latin *patta, of imitative origin

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