a metal disk or plate, esp. one of precious metal for holding the bread in a Eucharistic service
Origin of patenMiddle English from Old French patene from Classical Latin patina: see patella
- A plate, usually of gold or silver, that is used to hold the host during the celebration of the Eucharist. Also called patina 1.
- A plate or shallow dish, especially an artifact from an ancient civilization.
- A thin disk of or resembling metal.
Origin of patenMiddle English from Old French patene from Medieval Latin patina from Latin pan from Greek patanē platter ; see petə- in Indo-European roots.