from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various types of footwear with thick soles, often used to elevate the foot, especially wooden clogs.
  • n. A stilt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clog or sole of wood, usually supported by an iron ring, worn to raise the feet from the wet or the mud.
  • n. A stilt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of paten.
  • n. In building: The base of a column or pillar.
  • n. The sole for the foundation of a wall.
  • n. The sill in a timber-framing. Also written patand, patin.
  • n. A shoe with a thick wooden sole; a clog.
  • n. A stilt.
  • To go on pattens.
  • n. A skate.
  • n. A round wooden plate fastened under the foot of a horse, to prevent it from sinking in marshy and soft ground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. footwear usually with wooden soles


Middle English patin, from Old French, perhaps from pate, paw, hoof; see patois.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English paten, patin, pateyn, from Anglo-Norman patin, Middle French patin, from patte ("paw, hoof"), from Latin patta, of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)



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