- 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.
- 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 of patinaFrench ; from Italian origin, originally , tarnish (on a metal plate), probably ; from Classical Latin pan: see patella
Origin of patinaMedieval 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 natural corrosion or chemical treatment.
- The sheen on a surface, such as one made of wood, produced by age and use.
- A superficial exterior layer; a coating: “Everything bore that dull patina of grime that speaks of years of neglect” (Amitav Ghosh).
- An appearance or perceptible change produced by behavior, practice, or use: “Beneath the fourth-grade patina of obedience and good manners I could be such a surprisingly irresponsible, daydreaming child” (Philip Roth).
Origin of patinaItalian, from Latin, plate (from the incrustation on ancient metal plates and dishes); see paten. Usage Note: Most English words borrowed from Italian follow the stress pattern of that language and are stressed on the second-to-last syllable. There are many exceptions to this rule, however, and among them is the traditional pronunciation of patina, which has emphasis on the first syllable, so it rhymes roughly with the phrase sat in a. This pronunciation remains the preferred pronunciation in Britain and among careful speakers in the United States. But patina also developed a pronunciation that follows the pattern of other –ina words in English, such as cantina. According to the 2009 survey, not only do 90 percent of the Usage Panel find this newer pronunciation acceptable, 60 percent prefer it.
(countable and uncountable, plural patinas)
- (originally) A paten, flat type of dish
- The color or incrustation which age and wear give to (mainly metallic) objects; especially, the green rust which covers works of art such as ancient bronzes, coins and medals.
- A green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
- (figuratively) A gloss or superficial layer.
- Of a green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
From Latin patina (“dish, pan”).