Definition of “patina” - English Dictionary


“patina” in English

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uk /ˈpæt.ɪ.nə/ us /ˈpæt̬.ən.ə/

[ S ] a thin surface layer that develops on something because of use, age, or chemical action:

His tomb was covered with a yellow patina of lichen.

[ S ] formal something that makes someone or something seem to be something that they are not:

Beware their patina of civility, it's only an act.

[ U ] specialized chemistry a blue-green layer that forms on copper, brass or bronze

(Definition of “patina” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“patina” in American English

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patinanoun [ C usually sing ]

/pəˈti·nə, ˈpæt·ən·ə/

a thin layer of a substance, usually green, that develops on the surface of some metals, caused by their reaction to air

(Definition of “patina” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)