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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They’d been hit by nearly everything in the store: wrapped burgers, unwrapped burgers, burger patties, McNuggets, smoothies, sodas, napkins, straws, sauces, fries, apple pies, ice cream cones, even a full cup of hot coffee. Emily Guendelsberger, Vox, "I was a fast-food worker. Let me tell you about burnout.," 15 July 2019 The restaurant's Stranger Things burger ($11) packs two beef patties, American cheese, peanut butter and local blueberry jam between two waffles. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eleven tasty ways to celebrate 'Stranger Things' Season 3 in Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 Or let Big’z do the creative work for you and get Big’z Chalupa Burger, which added a tostada with refried beans, melted cheddar cheese and pico de gallo to a half-pound burger patty ($8.49). Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Big’z Burger Joint," 21 June 2019 The new product, which could serve as a competitor to Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods' meatless patties, may also help Dr. Praeger's cash in on demand for realistic alternatives to meat. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Dr. Praeger's, famous for its veggie burgers, launches fake meat patty," 20 June 2019 The special, limited edition burger will have all the same ingredients as the classic whopper — beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion. Dave Quinn,, "Stranger Things-Themed 'Upside Down' Whoppers Are Coming to Burger King — But Only in 11 Cities," 13 June 2019 Cook patties in nonstick skillet on medium until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Sausage Pops," 8 Mar. 2019 This time, the mysterious threat appears to be an attack of extraterrestrial cow patties, enormous heaps of foul-smelling gunk that fall out of the sky to slime the characters at random. Justin Chang,, "Mariano Llinás’ ‘La Flor’ is the dazzling, epic centerpiece of Locarno in Los Angeles," 15 June 2018 Jim Donnelly Most Creative Malibu Café (Malibu) Best Burger: Beef and chorizo patty, roasted garlic shrimp, chipotle tomato sauce, and Havarti cheese on a brioche slider bun. Los Angeles Magazine, "Feast Your Eyes on the Winning Burgs from This Year’s Burgers Bourbon + Beer," 24 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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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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