Definition of paten in English:



  • 1A plate, typically made of gold or silver, used for holding the bread during the Eucharist and sometimes as a cover for the chalice.

    • ‘The hand-crafted wooden pews and pulpits, the hanging lamps and church bells, and the silver communion chalices and patens brought the material glory of Christianity home to the worshipers in the wilderness.’
    • ‘Then he handed the altar cross, eternal light, altar service book, paten and chalice, baptismal bowl and lectern Bible to parishioners who removed them from the sanctuary.’
    • ‘It stands about a foot and a half off the ground, and there are miniature implements to go with it - a chalice, a paten, cruets, candles, and an altar cloth.’
    • ‘I brought my kit, which included a tiny paten and a screw-together chalice, a seminary graduation gift.’
    • ‘The very entrance of the priest, bearing the veiled chalice and paten and preceded by servers, announces that an action of extraordinary importance is about to be re-enacted.’
    • ‘When he left the church, he gave away all his vestments to a Brazilian seminarian, but he's still got his first chalice and paten stored in a box in the back of a closet.’
    • ‘‘Above all are their riches displayed in the church treasures; for there is not a parish church… so mean as not to possess crucifixes, candlesticks, censers, patens and cups of silver’.’
    • ‘Each cardinal votes in disguised handwriting on a preprinted Latin form, folds it, and walks individually to the Sistine Chapel's altar, where he places the ballot on a paten and slips it into a chalice so all can see that a vote was cast.’
    • ‘I put the paten on the altar and went around the communion rail to kneel down to receive Communion.’
    • ‘In addition, he supplied a sceptre with cross, a sceptre with dove, an orb, a pair of spurs, a pair of armills, an ampulla, and a chalice and paten: all of which remain in the Tower of London today.’
    • ‘Incense of sandalwood swung from the thurible in his hand, smoking blue over font, chalice, and paten.’
    • ‘On closer examination archaeologists from Sheffield University discovered it was the skeleton of a priest who had been buried holding a chalice and paten - vessels used for Holy Communion.’
    • ‘He thanked them for the beautiful chalice and paten they had donated.’
    • ‘Next come the offering: the Queen was led before the high altar and, kneeling before a bishop seated there, kissed the paten and made her offering of gold.’
    • ‘After all ballots have been cast, the first teller covers the chalice with the paten and shakes it a few times to mix the ballots.’
    dish, platter, bowl, salver
    1. 1.1A shallow metal plate or dish.
      ‘You could also make your paten out of clay, and paint it when it hardens.’
      bowl, plate, soup plate, platter, salver


Middle English from Old French patene, from Latin patina ‘shallow dish’, from Greek patanē ‘a plate’.