American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A plate, usually of gold or silver, that is used to hold the host during the celebration of the Eucharist. Also called patina1.
- n. A plate or shallow dish, especially an artifact from an ancient civilization.
- n. A thin disk of or resembling metal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad shallow dish; a bowl.
- n. Eccles., a plate or flat dish; in the communion service of certain liturgical churches, the plate on which the consecrated bread is placed. In the primitive church the paten was an ordinary plate; but when wafers expressly prepared took the place of bread, the paten became an ecclesiastical vessel. It is wide and shallow, and is generally made of silver, but sometimes of glass, gold, alabaster, agate, or other hard material. In the Roman Catholic Church the paten must be of the same material as the accompanying chalice, of sonic hard metal, the inside of which is heavily glided, and, like the chalice, it must be consecrated by the bishop.
- n. A plate, as of metal.
- n. An obsolete form of patten.
- n. An iron plate used in making plate-armor.
- n. The plate used to hold the host during the Eucharist.
- n. archaeology Any shallow dish found in an archaeological site.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A plate.
- n. (Eccl.) The place on which the consecrated bread is placed in the Eucharist, or on which the host is placed during the Mass. It is usually small, and formed as to fit the chalice, or cup, as a cover.
- From Old French patene, from Latin patīna, from Ancient Greek πατάνη (patánē). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French patene, from Medieval Latin patina, from Latin, pan, from Greek patanē, platter; see petə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word paten comes from a Latin form patina or patena, evidently imitated from the Greek patane.”
“He receives the paten from the deacon and places the Host upon the corporal.”
“The eucharistic vessel known as the paten is a small shallow plate or disc of precious metal upon which the element of bread is offered to”
“Lot seventy-three, a quite remarkable example of early Byzantine artwork known as a paten.”
“A paten was a sacramental plate designed to hold the holy wafers.”
“A paten is a shallow circular dish of metal on which the bread is placed for the Eucharist, and represents the dish used at the Last Supper.”
“Over this he places a small silver or gold plate called the paten, on which he places a host -- that is, a thin piece of white bread prepared for Mass, perfectly round, and about the size of the bottom of”
“Patrick, and of them I have seen three square patens, that is, a paten in the Church of Patrick in Armagh, and another in the Church of Elphin, and”
“The paten is a vessel of the altar on which the altar-bread is offered in the Holy Sacrifice.”
“By the bye, that cup you seek is usually in a cabinet next to something called a 'paten'.”
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