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paten

or patin

[pat-n] /ˈpæt n/
noun
1.
a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Origin of paten
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pateyn(e) < Old French patene < Medieval Latin patena, patina Eucharistic plate (Latin: pan); akin to Greek patánē flat dish, Latin patēre to be open (see patent)
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  • Ablutions of the paten and chalice after the benediction, being no part of the service, are not illegal.

  • paten was one of the company, and included in the accusation.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • With to-morrow's post I hope to learn where paten is, and when he will be here.

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  • Two were banged; paten and another, named Collier, acquitted.

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  • "So much the worse for the Yankees," said paten, lighting his cigar coolly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "I could scarcely have forgotten a man of such impressive manners," said paten.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "That will do; keep to that," cried paten more cheerfully, as he shook his friend's hand and said good-bye.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • The church plate is modern, chalice and paten dated 1870; the flagon is older and more massive, but has no date.

    A History of Horncastle James Conway Walter
  • "She did love me once,—at least, she said so," broke in paten.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for paten

paten

/ˈpætən/
noun
1.
a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist
Word Origin
C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan
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Word Origin and History for paten
n.

"plate for bread at Eucharist," c.1300, from Old French patene and directly, from Medieval Latin patena, from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).

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