An example of patrol is for public safety staff to drive around a campus at night.
An example of a patrol is a team of police officers assigned to watch a particular area.
Other Word Forms
Origin of patrol
- French patrouille from patrouiller to patrol alteration of Old French patouiller to paddle about in mud, patrol probably from pate paw patois
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French patrouille, from Old French patrouille, patouille (“a night-watch", literally “a tramping about"), from patrouiller, patouiller, patoiller (“to paddle or pudder in water, dabble with the feet, begrime, besmear"), from patte, pate (“paw, foot of an animal"), from Vulgar Latin *patta (“paw, foot"), from Frankish *patta (“paw, sole of the foot"), from Proto-Germanic *paþjanÄ…, *paþōnÄ… (“to walk, tread, go, step, pace"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pent-, *(s)pat- (“path; to walk"), a variant of Proto-Indo-European *pent-, *pat- (“path; to go"); see find. Cognate with Dutch pad, patte (“paw"), Low German pedden (“to step, tread"), German patschen (“to splash, smack, dabble, waddle"), German Patsche (“a swatter, beater, paw, puddle, mire"). Related to pad, path.