Definition of patte in US English:

patte

noun

  • 1A paw; (humorously) a hand. rare.

  • 2A short band or strap, attached by one end and buttoning at the other, used to fasten a coat or other garment whose edges do not overlap. Also: a similar band attached at both ends for holding a belt or sash in place, or sewn on simply as a decorative trimming. Now historical.

Origin

Late 16th century. From Anglo-Norman pate and Middle French pate, patte, French patte, † pate paw, (familiar term for) the human hand, short band of cloth attached to clothes for trimming or fastening, cognate with Spanish pata, Portuguese pata, probably ultimately of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

patte

/pat/