- 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 þyld (“patience”)), Middle English thole (“patience”) (from Old Norse þol (“patience, endurance”)), Middle English bilǣfing, bileaving (“patience, perseverance, remaining”) (from Old English belǣfan (“to endure, survive”)).
- A female given name.
From patience, a virtue name first used by Puritans in the sixteenth century.