Patrick, saint

Patrick

[pa-trik]
noun
1.
Saint, a.d. 389?–461?, British missionary and bishop in Ireland: patron saint of Ireland.
2.
(Curtis) Lester, 1883–1960, Canadian ice-hockey player and manager, in the U.S. after 1926.
3.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “patrician.”
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Patrick (ˈpætrɪk)
 
n
Saint. 5th century ad, Christian missionary in Ireland, probably born in Britain; patron saint of Ireland. Feast day: March 17

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Patrick
masc. proper name, from O.Ir. Patraicc, from L. Patricius, lit. "a patrician" (see patrician). As a given name, chiefly in northern England and Scotland, in Ireland only a popular name after 1600, due probably to the Scots settlers in Ulster. [Reaney]
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Patrick, Saint definition


An early bishop in Ireland, who spread Christianity throughout the nation. Patrick is honored as Ireland's patron saint.

Note: Many legends have grown up about Patrick: that he drove snakes out of Ireland, for example, and that he used a three-leafed clover, the shamrock, to illustrate the Trinity.
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