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paten

[pat-n] /ˈpæt n/
noun
1.
a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Also, patin.
Origin
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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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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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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