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PATTERN

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 936 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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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 lines, figures, &c., which make up such a design. The word was taken from Fr. patron, Lat. patronus, a defender or protector. In medieval Latin patronus 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 pro- nounced and spelled in England as " pattern " in the 16th century. JOHN COLERIDGE (1827-1871), English mis-
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