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  • IPA(key): /pa.tlɛ̃/
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patelin m (plural patelins)

  1. (colloquial) backwater, one-horse town
    • 2014, Édouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule [The End of Eddy], Le Seuil:
      Ils commencent l’usine après le collège pis ils restent dans le village toute leur vie ou alors ils s’installent dans un patelin mais pas trop loin.
      They start working in the factory after secondary school, then they stay in the village their whole life, or else they move to some backwater, but not too far away.
    • 2016, Gaël Faye, Petit Pays [Small Country]:
      Papa [] venait d’un patelin dans les montagnes qui ressemblait à s’y méprendre´aux paysages du Burundi
      Dad [] came from a small village in the mountains, which might easily be mistaken for the landscape of Burundi



patelin (feminine pateline, masculine plural patelins, feminine plural patelines)

  1. fawning; unctuous
    Synonyms: doucereux, mielleux

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