n. pl. pat·ties
1. A small rounded, flattened cake of food, especially one made from ingredients that have been previously ground, chopped, or minced: a hamburger patty; a peppermint patty.
2. A patty shell.
3. A small pie; a pasty.
[French pâté, pâté; see PâTé.]
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