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1. A clog or sole of wood, usually supported by an iron ring, worn to raise the feet from the wet or the mud. The patten now supports each frugal dame. (gay)

2. A stilt.

Origin: F. Patin a high-heeled shoe, fr. Patte paw, foot. Cf. Panton, Patte.