Meaning of patera in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpatərə/

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nounplural noun paterae/ˈpat(ə)riː/

  • 1A broad, shallow dish used in ancient Rome for pouring libations.

    ‘Originally, he may have been pouring a libation from a patera, as is common in similar sacrifice scenes belonging to this iconographic topos.’
    • ‘The Bath patera can be seen in the Roman Baths Museum, and the Amiens patera in the Musée de Picardie-Amiens.’
    • ‘Other antiques included an enamelled patera that might have been anywhere between 100 and 150 years old when deposited, and glass vessels that had also seen long use.’
    • ‘The most exciting feature of the patera is the inscription.’
    1. 1.1Architecture A flat round ornament resembling a shallow dish.
  • 2A broad, shallow bowl-shaped feature on the surface of a planet.


Latin, from patere ‘be or lie open’.