- Patience is the quality of waiting calmly without complaining.
An example of patience is someone standing peacefully in a very long line.
Children displaying a great deal of patience as they wait for a balloon.
- the state, quality, or fact of being patient; specif.,
- the will or ability to wait or endure without complaint
- steadiness, endurance, or perseverance in the performance of a task
- Brit. solitaire (sense )
Origin of patienceMiddle English pacience ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin patientia ; from pati, to suffer: see passion
- The capacity, quality, or fact of being patient: “The task of mastering ancient languages &ellipsis; takes years of study, and persistence, and patience” (Cullen Murphy).
- Chiefly British The game solitaire.
Middle English pacience, from Old French pacience (modern: patience), from Latin patientia. Displaced native Middle English thuld, thuild (“patience") (from Old English Ã¾yld (“patience")), Middle English thole (“patience") (from Old Norse Ã¾ol (“patience, endurance")), Middle English bilÇ£fing, bileaving (“patience, perseverance, remaining") (from Old English belÇ£fan (“to endure, survive")).
- A female given name.
From patience, a virtue name first used by Puritans in the sixteenth century.