- the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
- an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
- quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
- Cards (chiefly British ). solitaire(def 1).
- Also called patience dock. a European dock, Rumex patientia, of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable.
- Obsolete. leave; permission; sufference.
- a female given name.
- tolerant and even-tempered perseverance
- the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc
- mainly British any of various card games for one player only, in which the cards may be laid out in various combinations as the player tries to use up the whole packUS equivalent: solitaire
- obsolete permission; sufferance
n.c.1200, “quality of being patient in suffering,” from Old French pacience “patience; sufferance, permission” (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia “patience, endurance, submission; quality of suffering,” from patientem (nominative patiens), present participle of pati “to suffer, endure,” from PIE root *pe(i)- “to damage, injure, hurt” (see passion). Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. [Ambrose Bierce, “Devil’s Dictionary,” 1911] Meaning “constancy in effort” is attested from 1510s. Meaning “card game for one person” is from 1816. see try one’s patience.