Definition of patina in English:


Syllabification: pa·ti·na
Pronunciation: /pəˈtēnə


1A green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.
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  • Most of the scratchy lines and squiggles visible here are the green patina of oxidized bronze, not a part of the original coin as cast.
  • Four of the heads wear masks of applied gold-leaf, and it gleams strangely over the green patina of the ancient bronze.
  • A bright copper skin will gradually oxidize to a green patina that will blend into surrounding nature.
1.1A gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing.
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  • Its beauty increases with use which causes a patina or soft sheen to form.
  • It has a gorgeous marble chequerboard floor, varnished walls which ape the patina of age, weathered-looking mirrors, soft but stylish chrome lighting, candles, flowers and retro jazz playing in the background.
  • Unlike leather goods and fine wood that develop a desirable patina and texture with age, the effect is less than appealing when it's staring back at you from the mirror.
1.2An impression or appearance of something: he carries the patina of old money and good breeding
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  • ‘The whole idea of having glitzy costumes with a patina of the old Las Vegas showgirl style really interested me,’ he says.
  • The stone house, which has the patina of a much older place, like a Roman ruin, opens into a courtyard where students paint.
  • The shape of things as you change your viewing angle now carries the patina of meaning.


mid 18th century: from Italian, from Latin patina 'shallow dish'.



Pronunciation: /ˈpatnˌātid/
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  • Instead, lightness is expressed through a single planar skin of patinated brass that is apparently cut and folded to form walls, roof, columns and benches.
  • Indeed, I observed the coin to be heavily patinated.
  • Chemically patinated copper siding glints in the setting sun.


Pronunciation: /ˌpatnˈāSHən/
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  • It was there he learned the technique of patination.
  • Involving electroplating and subsequent patination, the resulting wares looked more like metal than pottery.
  • It has been dipped in acid to give a false patination.

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