From Middle French, from Old French pade, pate (“paw, foot of an animal”), from Vulgar Latin *patta (“paw, foot”), from Frankish *patta (“paw, sole of the foot”), from Proto-Germanic *pat-, *paþa- (“to walk, tread, go, step”), of uncertain origin and relation. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pent-, *(s)pat- (“path; to walk”), a variant of Proto-Indo-European *pent-, *pat- (“path; to go”). Cognate with Dutch pad, patte (“paw”), Low German pedden (“to step, tread”). Related to pad, path.
patte f (plural pattes)
- plural form of