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- 1a government authority or licence conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention:he took out a patent for an improved steam hammerCompare with letters patent.
- 2short for patent leather.
Pronunciation: /ˈpatnt/[with object]
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patent- 'lying open', from the verb patere