Definition for PAT'TERN

PAT'TERN, n. [Fr. patron; Arm. patroum; D. patroon. See Patron.]

  1. An original or model proposed for imitation; the archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be copied or imitated, either in things or in actions; as the pattern of a machine; a pattern of patience. Christ was the most perfect pattern of rectitude, patience and submission ever exhibited on earth.
  2. A specimen; a sample; a part showing the figure or quality of the whole; as, a pattern of silk or cloth.
  3. An instance; an example. – Hooker.
  4. Any thing cut or formed into the shape of something to be made after it.

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