- The definition of a patina is a crust or film, that happens from use or exposure to oxygen.
- An example of a patina is a blueish-green film on aged copper.
- An example of a patina is a warm tone on silver after many years of use.
A piece of copper begins to develop a patina.
patina definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin
- a fine crust or film on bronze or copper, usually green or greenish-blue, formed by natural oxidation and often valued as being ornamental
- any thin coating or color change resulting from age, as on old wood or silver
Origin: French ; from Italian origin, originally , tarnish (on a metal plate), probably ; from Classical Latin pan: see patella
patina definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pat·i·nae
Origin: Medieval Latin, from Latin, plate; see paten.
- A thin greenish layer, usually basic copper sulfate, that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze, as a result of corrosion.
- The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
- A change in appearance produced by long-standing behavior, practice, or use: a face etched with a patina of fine lines and tiny wrinkles.
Origin: Italian, from Latin, plate (from the incrustation on ancient metal plates and dishes); see paten.