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

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MorningStar Veggie Burger at Burger King Made with a Garden Veggie patty and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, and mayo, no one will think this is a veggie burger. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Later will come the food-service concepts: a Caribbean-style patty chain and vegan gelato shops. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Ghetto Gastro Opens Labyrinth 1.1, Their New HQ in the Bronx," 7 Jan. 2019 Kale now appears in salads, fresh has replaced frozen beef patties in Quarter Pounders, and some stores now offer ordering kiosks, food delivery and barista-style cafes. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "50 years on, McDonald’s and fast-food evolve around Big Mac," 30 July 2018 Form into 16 small patties, each about 1/4 inches thick. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Sausage Pops," 8 Mar. 2019 In a food processor, pulse mushrooms until finely chopped; mix with beef and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Form mixture into four 4-inch-wide patties. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Beef and Mushroom Burgers with Snap Pea Fries," 25 July 2018 Inner Loop, W FM Kitchen & Bar The 4-ounce patties here are near-perfect specimens, making this Washington Corridor neo-icehouse one of the city's best burger newcomers. Houston Chronicle, "Take a bite out of these top Houston burgers," 10 May 2018 Flip Burger: Our food critic Michael Nagrant proclaimed this burger as a challenger to Au Cheval earlier this year, and, regardless of the polarizing declaration, this patty is a strong performer. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 other places to wait for a burger while Au Cheval is (temporarily) closed," 23 Jan. 2018 He’s more of a lamb patties with green tahini kind of guy, seasoned with the herbs right outside the front door. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 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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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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