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pattern (n.)

a Modern English variant of patron, retaining its other old sense of "outline, plan, model, an original proposed for imitation," from Old French patron "patron, protector; model, pattern." The difference in form and sense between English patron and pattern wasn't firm before 1700s. The meaning "a design or figure corresponding in outline to an object that is to be fabricated and serving as a guide for its shape and dimensions" is by late 14c. Extended sense of "repeated decorative design" is from 1580s. From 1640s as "a part showing the figure or quality of the whole." Meaning "model or design in dressmaking" (especially one of paper) is recorded by 1792 (Jane Austen). Pattern-book is from 1774; pattern-maker is by 1851; pattern baldness is by 1916.

pattern (v.)

1580s, "to make a pattern for, design, plan" (a sense now obsolete), from pattern (n.). Meaning "to make something after a pattern" is from c. 1600; that of "to cover with a design or pattern" is by 1857. To pattern after "take as a model" is by 1878.

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Definitions of pattern from WordNet
1
pattern (n.)
a perceptual structure;
a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
Synonyms: form / shape
pattern (n.)
a customary way of operation or behavior;
they changed their dietary pattern
Synonyms: practice
pattern (n.)
a decorative or artistic work;
Synonyms: design / figure
pattern (n.)
something regarded as a normative example;
Synonyms: convention / normal / rule / formula
pattern (n.)
a model considered worthy of imitation;
the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics
pattern (n.)
something intended as a guide for making something else;
a pattern for a skirt
Synonyms: blueprint / design
pattern (n.)
the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport;
the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded
they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted
Synonyms: traffic pattern / approach pattern
pattern (n.)
graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle;
Synonyms: radiation pattern / radiation diagram
2
pattern (v.)
plan or create according to a model or models;
Synonyms: model
pattern (v.)
form a pattern;
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From wordnet.princeton.edu