Word of the Day
Saturday, November 29, 2003

Definitions for patina

  1. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
  2. The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
  3. An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use.

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Citations for patina
[The ship] was sleek and black, her decks scrubbed smooth with holystones, her deckhouses glistening with the yellowed patina of old varnish. Gary Kinder, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
A patina of coal dust lies over everything. , New York Times
Origin of patina
Patina is adopted from Italian, from Latin patina, "a dish" (from the incrustation on ancient metal plates and dishes).