patent

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English[edit]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpeɪtənt/, /ˈpætənt/
  • (US) enPR: pătʹənt, IPA(key): /ˈpætənt/, [pʰæ̝ʔn̩t] or enPR: pātʹənt, IPA(key): /ˈpeɪtənt/, [pʰe̞ɪʔn̩t]
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English patent, short form of lettres patentes, from Anglo-Norman lettre patente (open letter), from Latin littera patens.

Noun[edit]

patent (plural patents)

  1. A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privilege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
  2. A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
  3. License; formal permission.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act IV, sc. 1:
      If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her patent
      to offend, for if it touch not you, it comes near
      nobody.
  4. Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
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Verb[edit]

patent (third-person singular simple present patents, present participle patenting, simple past and past participle patented)

  1. To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English patent, from Middle French patent, from Old French, from Latin patēns (open, lying open), present participle of pateō (I lie open).

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patent (comparative more patent, superlative most patent)

  1. (biology) Open, unobstructed, expanded.
    That is a patent ductus arteriosus.
  2. Explicit and obvious.
    Those claims are patent nonsense.
    • 1916 March, “Criticisms and Notes: Burgess: The Reconciliation of Government with Liberty”, in American Ecclesiastical Review, volume LIV, number 3, Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, pages 373–374:
      Again we read at page 174: “Instead of the Universal Roman Catholic Church there existed after 1650 the National Catholic Churches of Spain, France, Austria, Poland, etc. more subject to the Royal supremacy than to the Papal, not, however, so completely as in England.” This is obviously an exaggeration. There never existed in the countries mentioned, least of all in Spain, any National Catholic Church. There would not have existed any such contradictorially-named organization even in England had it not been for the lechery of Henry VIII. Other similar misstatements might be noticed here and there. The author's intention, however, to be just is patent and his success in this respect is noteworthy.
  3. (of flour) That is fine, and consists mostly of the inner part of the endosperm.
  4. Open; unconcealed; conspicuous.
    • 1856, John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic
      He had received instructions, both patent and secret.
  5. Open to public perusal; said of a document conferring some right or privilege.
    letters patent
  6. Protected by a legal patent.
    a patent right; patent medicines
    • 1707, John Mortimer, The whole Art of Husbandry, in the way of Managing and Improving of Land
      Madder [] in King Charles the First's time, was made a patent commodity.

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Catalan[edit]

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patent m (plural patents)

  1. patent

Czech[edit]

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patent m

  1. patent (declaration issued by a government to an inventor)

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Danish[edit]

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patent n (singular definite patentet, plural indefinite patenter)

  1. patent

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French patente, from lettres patentes (letter in which a privilege is granted), from Latin litterae patentes.

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patent n (plural patenten, diminutive patentje n)

  1. patent [from 16th c.]
    Synonym: octrooi
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  • Indonesian: paten

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from German patent, originating in student slang. Related to etymology 1.

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patent (comparative patenter, superlative patentst)

  1. excellent, exquisite [from mid 19th c.]
    Synonyms: geweldig, voortreffelijk
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Inflection of patent
uninflected patent
inflected patente
comparative patenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial patent patenter het patentst
het patentste
indefinite m./f. sing. patente patentere patentste
n. sing. patent patenter patentste
plural patente patentere patentste
definite patente patentere patentste
partitive patents patenters

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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patent (comparative patenter, superlative am patentesten)

  1. clever
  2. ingenious

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Latin[edit]

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patent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of pateō

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From a short form of lettres patentes, from Anglo-Norman lettre patente (open letter), from Latin littera patens.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /paˈtɛnt/, /ˈpatɛnt/

Noun[edit]

patent (plural patentes)

  1. A letter conferring a privilege or status.
  2. Such a privilege or status conferred.
  3. (rare) A letter conferring other advantages.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French patent, from Old French, from Latin patēns.

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  • IPA(key): /paˈtɛnt/, /ˈpatɛnt/

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patent

  1. (rare) open, unconfined, unrestricted
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Etymology 3[edit]

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patent

  1. Alternative form of patene

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

Short form of Anglo-Norman lettre patente.

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patent n (definite singular patentet, indefinite plural patent or patenter, definite plural patenta or patentene)

  1. patent

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

Short form of Anglo-Norman lettre patente.

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patent n (definite singular patentet, indefinite plural patent, definite plural patenta)

  1. patent

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

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patent m inan

  1. patent (official declaration that someone is the inventor of something)

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia sh

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pǎtent/
  • Hyphenation: pa‧tent

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pàtent m (Cyrillic spelling па̀тент)

  1. patent (official declaration that someone is the inventor of something)

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Swedish[edit]

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patent n

  1. patent

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Declension of patent 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative patent patentet patent patenten
Genitive patents patentets patents patentens

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