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[pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh] /ˈpæt n ə, pəˈti nə/
a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.
Also, patine,
[puh-teen] /pəˈtin/ (Show IPA)
Origin of patina
1740-50; < Italian: coating < Latin: pan. See paten Unabridged
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  • If there is a tone or patina, that should be pure and uniform.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Any one can see that, in spite of the patina that's formed over the metal.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • He whispered that he had found the elephant, who was standing on the patina, a few yards beyond the jungle.

  • In another volume of the series von Fellenberg states that basic copper chloride occurs as a constituent of patina.

  • Her voice held the patina of those to the manor born, and not to be gainsaid.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for patina


noun (pl) -nas
a film of oxide formed on the surface of a metal, esp the green oxidation of bronze or copper See also verdigris (sense 1)
any fine layer on a surface: a patina of frost
the sheen on a surface that is caused by much handling
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: coating, from Latin: patina²


noun (pl) -nae (-ˌniː)
a broad shallow dish used in ancient Rome
Word Origin
from Latin, from Greek patanē platter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for patina

"greenish film on old bronze," 1748, from French patine (18c.), from Italian patina, perhaps from Latin patina "dish, pan" (see pan (n.)), on the notion of encrustation on ancient bronze dishes. Sense of "refinement, cultural sophistication" first recorded 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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