PATTERN, a model, that which serves as an original from which similar objects may be made, or as an example or specimen; in particular an artistic design serving as a sample or model, hence the arrangement or grouping of Knes, figures, etc., which make up such a design. The word was taken from Fr. patron, Lat. patroniis, a defender or protector. In medieval Latin palroniis had the specific meaning of example, and in modern French both meanings of patron and pattern attach to patron. " Patron " in the sense of copy, example, began to be pronounced and speUed in England as " pattern " in the 16th century.
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