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 The person who removes the last caramel will also get the peppermint patty. Laura Feiveson, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Solve Our Riddle of the Week?," 17 July 2020 News of the McPlant patty caused Beyond Meat shares to fall nearly 10% in early morning trading, although the stock regained most of that ground by close of trading. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "McDonald's unveils its own meatless patty — the "McPlant"," 9 Nov. 2020 Fans also didn’t see Wisdom-Hylton playing patty-cake with a teammate in the tunnel before the state championship game. Matt Le Cren,, "Wisdom from Lindsay: Wisconsin assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton looks back on her days as a basketball star at Neuqua Valley.," 6 Nov. 2020 But a pillar of the menu, the owners said, will be the Tribune Burger, made from a 6 ounce beef patty with housemade bread-and-butter pickles and a red onion schmear on a Firebrand sweet bun. Justin Phillips,, "Historic Tribune Tower will get a casual new French restaurant from seasoned Oakland chefs," 8 Dec. 2020 Chiles spice up these burgers three ways: grilled and placed atop the patty, in the pepper jack cheese, and in the chipotle mayo. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "These Burger Recipes Are Creative, Original, and Occasionally Downright Weird," 29 Dec. 2020 The patty, composed of freshly ground brisket, is fortified with bacon and enriched with emulsified fat. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 4 Dec. 2020 In July, the company announced its rollout of a new patty made from cows fed with a lemon grass diet that helps to eliminate methane releases from the animals. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Burger King announces pilot program for reusable food containers in select cities," 22 Oct. 2020 Taverna Rossa is known for its craft pizza and beer, but there’s a patty melt here that might be calling your name. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Places to grab a to-go cheeseburger in Southlake on National Cheeseburger Day," 18 Sep. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Patty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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