pat·​ty | \ˈpa-tē \
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

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This burger tastes like meat: The patty is fat, the grill-char is beautiful. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Beef, which has long fulfilled America’s hunger for hamburgers, faces fresh competition from poultry producers pushing their own patties onto U.S. grills. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger," 30 June 2018 So was the Big Fontana burger, its patty smothered in bacon, American cheese, onion, pickle, lettuce and sweet, tangy sauce. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The 'new' Old Point Tavern opens on Mass Ave.," 21 May 2018 Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar Visit this upscale burger chain on Tuesday for a free milkshake to accompany your beef patty. Madison Roberts,, "All the Restaurants Where Teachers Can Get Free Food on Teacher Appreciation Day," 7 May 2018 The chicken schnitzel sandwich's crust accented its tender patty. Marc Bona,, "Flying Fig quietly maintains its wonderful place in Cleveland's culinary world," 3 May 2018 The patty itself is moist and flavorful, the bread is buttery and soft, and the cheese sauce is cheese sauce. Ted Berg, For The Win, "The 7 best things I ate at MLB's first annual Food Fest," 21 Apr. 2018 The patty in this burger by last year’s defending People’s Choice winner, Jesus de la Torre Jr. of Jr.’s Gourmet Burgers, is tempura fried and stuffed with bacon and chocolate. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Our five favorite Burger Bash hamburgers you can eat any day in Miami | Miami Herald," 27 Feb. 2018 Its griddled patties and array of fresh-mixed shakes are coming to a former Jamba Juice location near UIC, according to Eater Chicago. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "NHL shut out of Olympics, Steak 'n Shake in Chicago and more conversation starters for your weekend," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of patty

: a small, flat cake of chopped food

: a soft, flat candy


pat·​ty | \ˈpa-tē \
plural patties

Kids Definition of patty

: a small flat cake of chopped food a hamburger patty

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