- any of various kinds of footwear, as a wooden shoe, a shoe with a wooden sole, a chopine, etc., to protect the feet from mud or wetness.
- a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
- Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.
- a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
n.late 14c., from Old French patin “clog, type of shoe” (13c.), probably from pate “paw, foot,” from Gallo-Romance *pauta, ultimately perhaps imitative of the sound made by a paw. The immediate source has been sought in Celtic [Barnhart] and Germanic [OED], but evidence is wanting. Likely cognates include Provençal pauta, Catalan pote, Middle Dutch and Dutch poot, German Pfote “paw.”