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Any one of various types of wooden-soled footwear, such as a sandal, shoe, or clog, worn to increase one's height or to keep one's feet out of the mud.
[Middle English patin, from Old French, perhaps from pate, paw, hoof; see patois.]
(Clothing & Fashion) a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
[C14: from Old French patin, probably from patte paw]
1. any sturdy or thick-soled shoe or boot, as a sabot or chopine, worn to protect the feet from mud or wetness.
2. a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
[1350–1400; Middle English paten < Middle French patin wooden shoe, perhaps derivative of pate paw]