Definition of paten in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpatn/


1A plate, typically made of gold or silver, used for holding the bread during the Eucharist and sometimes as a cover for the chalice.
Example sentences
  • The hand-crafted wooden pews and pulpits, the hanging lamps and church bells, and the silver communion chalices and patens brought the material glory of Christianity home to the worshipers in the wilderness.
  • Then he handed the altar cross, eternal light, altar service book, paten and chalice, baptismal bowl and lectern Bible to parishioners who removed them from the sanctuary.
  • It stands about a foot and a half off the ground, and there are miniature implements to go with it - a chalice, a paten, cruets, candles, and an altar cloth.
1.1A shallow metal plate or dish.
Example sentences
  • You could also make your paten out of clay, and paint it when it hardens.


Middle English: from Old French patene, from Latin patina 'shallow dish', from Greek patanē 'a plate'.

Words that rhyme with paten

baton, batten, fatten, flatten, harmattan, Manhattan, Mountbatten, patten, pattern, platen, Saturn, slattern

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Syllabification: pat·en

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