Definition of patina in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpatɪnə/


1A green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period: many bronzes have been overcleaned, their original patina removed and artificially replaced
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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: the dining table will acquire a warm patina with age figurative plankton added a golden patina to the shallow, slowly moving water
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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.
1.2The 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpatɪneɪtɪd/
Example sentences
  • 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: /patɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • pan from Old English:

    The word pan in the sense of something you cook with is a common West Germanic word, which may have been an early borrowing from Latin patina ‘dish’. The same Latin word is the source, via Italian, of patina (early 18th century), perhaps because of the green film that appears on old copper dishes. The verb to pan out (mid 19th century) comes from the use of a shallow pan to get gold from river sand. See also panic, panorama

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