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 the meatballs to create flat patties. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Easy one-pan meals you can actually make on a weeknight," 12 Jan. 2020 The change has been a relatively easy one: swapping beef burgers for vegetarian patties and using turkey sausage instead of beef, for example. Erika W. Smith,, "Can The Low-Carbon Diet Cure Our Climate Crisis?," 7 Jan. 2020 The two fall-apart patties are crafted from almost all jumbo crab claw meat, with just a smattering of breadcrumbs and seasoning thrown in the mix before they’re seared in brown butter, giving you bang for your $32 buck. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Officers Club serves up sophisticated, retro vibes in a former airplane hangar," 10 Dec. 2019 Because the extra-shiny bun is a sesame-scallion milk roll from a Chinatown bakery, and because the patty is dressed with a dash of mushroom-gochujang sauce. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Golden Diner Updates the Greasy-Spoon Tradition," 19 Oct. 2019 The patty is smeared with bone marrow butter, which amps up the beefiness to rib-eye steak territory. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The 20 best burgers in Chicago’s suburbs — where giant patties may reign, but don’t win," 18 Sep. 2019 At about 12 x 3 x 7 inches, this grill is good for cooking for two people, max (i.e. one big steak or two medium-sized burger patties at a time). Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Reviewers Are Losing It Over This BBQ Grill Suitcase," 18 July 2019 Once the patty is done—thermal sensors and an algorithm determine the temperature and the cooking time—a robotic arm drops the meat onto the bun. Larissa Zimberoff, WSJ, "A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food," 21 June 2018 The patties may be refrigerated in a sealed container for 1 day or frozen until ready to grill. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Easy Veggie Burgers," 21 May 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce patty (audio)

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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