Origin of partletearlier patelet ; from Middle French patelette, band of stuff, origin, originally , diminutive of pate, a paw
Origin of partletAlteration of Middle English patelet, from Old French patelete, band of cloth, diminutive of pate, paw; see patois.
c. 1560–1570 portrait of Philippine Welser (1527–1580), wife of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria (1529–1595)
- (now rare, archaic) A hen (originally in the form Dame Partlet). [from 14th c.]
- Dame Partlett, the hen. --Shak.
Origin unknown; perhaps a diminutive form of pert.