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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Generously season the patties with the salt and pepper on both sides. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 This fanciful upscale bar owned by David Barzelay of Lazy Bear features an open-faced patty melt. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 The judges’ winner was a patty melt from Northeast Sandwich Co. in the Rhawnhurst section. Michael Klein,, "Peanut butter and jelly burger (!) wins Burger Brawl again," 11 June 2018 Davis says: Outstanding, onions really shine and elevate this patty melt., "The City Diner in Cleveland is not your typical local diner," 8 May 2018 If the environmentalists continue to play patty-cake with global warming, people are justified in not taking the crisis seriously. WSJ, "Climate Change Shouldn’t Need a Salesman," 7 May 2018 Cook eggplant slices and burger patties for 3 – 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. 3. Madison Roberts,, "Hungry Girl's Eggplant Marinara Is the Cure for Busy Weeknights," 18 June 2018 In one video, an employee can be seen handling what appears to be burger patties and then putting together the sandwiches with bare hands. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "McDonald's employee caught on film daring co-worker to drink alleged mixture of ice cream and chemicals," 13 June 2018 Staring at the pink, prepackaged burger patties in the meat case of a Kansas grocery store this spring, Larry Kendig felt disgust. Jacob Bunge And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "A Stampede of Meatless Products Overrun Grocery Store Meat Cases," 10 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

: 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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