paten

paten

[pat-n]
noun
a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Also, patin.


Origin:
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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paten, patin or patine (ˈpætən, ˈpætɪn)
 
n
a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist
 
[C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan]
 
patin, patin or patine
 
n
 
[C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan]
 
patine, patin or patine
 
n
 
[C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan]

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paten
"plate for bread at Eucharist," c.1300, from O.Fr. patene, from M.L. patena, from L. patina "pan, dish," from Gk. patane "flat dish," from petannynai "to spread out."
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