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pat·enalso pat·in (păt′n)
1. A plate, usually of gold or silver, that is used to hold the host during the celebration of the Eucharist. Also called patina1.
2. A plate or shallow dish, especially an artifact from an ancient civilization.
3. A thin disk of or resembling metal.
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a plate, usually made of silver or gold, esp the plate on which the bread is placed in the Eucharist
[C13: from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin, from Latin patina pan]
a metal plate for holding the bread of the Eucharist.
[1250–1300; Middle English pateyn(e) < Old French patene < Medieval Latin patena, patina; Latin: pan]