- 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 replacedMore example sentences
- 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 waterMore example sentences
- 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 breedingMore example sentences
- ‘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.
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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.
mid 18th century: from Italian, from Latin patina 'shallow dish'.
More definitions of patinaDefinition of patina in:
- The US English dictionary