Definition of patina noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpætɪnə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtiːnə//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1a green, black or brown layer that forms on the surface of some metals The bronze statue had acquired a hard green patina with age.
  2. 2a thin layer that forms on other materials; the shiny surface that develops on wood or leather when it is polished The furniture was old, with the shiny patina of frequent polishing. (figurative) He looked relaxed and elegant and had the patina of success.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Italian, from Latin patina ‘shallow dish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patina