pat·​ty | \ ˈpa-tē How to pronounce patty (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pattie
plural patties

Definition of patty

1 : a little pie
2a : a small flat cake of chopped food a hamburger patty
b : a small flat candy a peppermint patty

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Examples of patty in a Sentence

the enticing aroma of sausage patties sizzling in the skillet
Recent Examples on the Web Gently press down on each patty with a flat, heavy metal spatula ($10, Target) occasionally during cooking to coat onions in beef juices. Casey Barber, Better Homes & Gardens, "Road Trip Eats: Recipes Inspired By Route 66," 26 June 2020 And pork chops with plantains and Caribbean rice and a Jamaican beef patty on another. Bob Carlton |, al, "This Alabama dining gem is hidden in plain sight," 25 June 2020 The food menu included the drool-worthy Rancor burger, featuring a half-pound Angus beef patty topped with cheddar, bacon and a fried egg. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Beloved Oak Forest neighborhood pub permanently closes," 18 June 2020 Top each patty with a slice of cheese and cook for a minute with the lid closed., "Recipe: Food Shack’s Lucy Cheese-Stuffed Burger," 8 June 2020 Add the ingredients, and cap and seal the patty with the other half of the meat. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to make stuffed burgers at home," 8 June 2020 Two patties have twice as much surface-to-pan area as a single patty. cleveland, "It’s grilling season, but for a better burger, use the stove," 3 June 2020 Using new engineering and production techniques, companies can form plant fibers and proteins into burger patties that sizzle and bleed like traditional ground beef. Jacob Bunge And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Plant-Based Meat Makers Compete on Price," 3 Mar. 2020 Spoon 4 mounds of salmon mixture (about 1/2 cup each) into skillet and flatten into 1/2-inch-thick patties. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Salmon Burger," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of patty

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patty

French pâté pâté

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The first known use of patty was in 1660

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patty

chiefly US : a small, flat cake of chopped food
US : a soft, flat candy


pat·​ty | \ ˈpa-tē How to pronounce patty (audio) \
plural patties

Kids Definition of patty

: a small flat cake of chopped food a hamburger patty

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