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 patina1.
- 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 patan&emacron;, platter; see pet&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.