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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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  • Typically, those who are running for high office tinge their lengthy discussions of policy with a patina of piety.
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  • The top notches into legs made of multicolored concrete that has a patina.
  • Finally, a modern music player that can grow a patina.
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  • Collectors of these items care more about patina than provenance, more about originality than rarity.
  • They're preserved in a magical patina of fondness undulled by time.
  • Try adding a patina of age through the decoration instead.
  • It has the feel of a teeming tropical rain forest, but its dead patina makes an ominous suggestion that it may be dying off.
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
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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.

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