Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pattern”

See all translations

pattern

noun uk   /ˈpæt.ən/ us    /ˈpæt̬.ɚn/

pattern noun (WAY)

B2 [C] a particular way in which something is done, is organized, or happens: The pattern of family life has been changing over recent years. A pattern is beginning to emerge from our analysis of the accident data. In this type of mental illness, the usual pattern is bouts of depression alternating with elation. Many behaviour(al) patterns have been identified in the chimp colony.
More examples

pattern noun (ARRANGEMENT)

B1 [C] any regularly repeated arrangement, especially a design made from repeated lines, shapes, or colours on a surface: Look, the frost has made a beautiful pattern on the window. The curtains had a floral pattern.
More examples

pattern noun (EXAMPLE)

[C usually singular] something that is used as an example, especially to copy: The design is so good it's sure to set the pattern for many others.

pattern noun (DRAWING)

B2 [C] a drawing or shape used to show how to make something: a knitting pattern a dress pattern Cut out all of the pieces from the paper pattern and pin them on the cloth.

pattern noun (PIECE)

[C] a small piece of cloth or paper taken from a usual-sized piece and used to show what it looks like: a pattern book
Synonym
(Definition of pattern from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pattern?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pattern” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More