What does Patent mean?

Definitions for Patent
ˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-Patent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Patent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patent, patent of inventionnoun

    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

  2. patent, letters patentadjective

    an official document granting a right or privilege

  3. patentadjective

    (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

    "patent ductus arteriosus"

  4. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakableverb

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

  5. patentverb

    obtain a patent for

    "Should I patent this invention?"

  6. patentverb

    grant rights to; grant a patent for

  7. patentverb

    make open to sight or notice

    "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patentadjective

    open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  2. Patentadjective

    open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  3. Patentadjective

    appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  4. Patentadjective

    spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  5. Patentadjective

    a letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  6. Patentadjective

    a writing securing to an invention

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  7. Patentadjective

    a document making a grant and conveyance of public lands

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  8. Patentadjective

    the right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]

  9. Patentverb

    to grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to patent public lands

    Etymology: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]


  1. Patent

    A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property. The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission. Under the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology, and the term of protection available should be a minimum of twenty years. Nevertheless, there are variations on what is patentable subject matter from country to country.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patent

    pā′tent, or pat′ent, adj. lying open: conspicuous: public: protected by a patent: (bot.) spreading: expanding.—n. an official document, open, and having the Great Seal of the government attached to it, conferring an exclusive right or privilege, as a title of nobility, or the sole right for a term of years to the proceeds of an invention: something invented and protected by a patent.—v.t. Pā′tent, to grant or secure by patent.—adj. Pā′tentable, capable of being patented.—ns. Pātentee′, one who holds a patent, or to whom a patent is granted—also Pā′tenter; Pā′tent-leath′er, a kind of leather to which a permanently polished surface is given by a process of japanning; Pā′tentor, one who grants or who secures a patent; Pā′tent-right, the exclusive right reserved by letters-patent.—n.pl. Pā′tent-rolls, the register of letters-patent issued in England.—Patent medicine, a medicine sold under the authority of letters-patent, any proprietary medicine generally on which stamp-duty is paid; Patent office, an office for the granting of patents for inventions; Patent outside, or inside, a newspaper printed on the outside or inside only, sold to a publisher who fills the other side with his own material, as local news, &c. [Fr.,—L. patens, -entis, pr.p. of patēre, to lie open.]

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Patent' in Nouns Frequency: #2505

How to pronounce Patent?

How to say Patent in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Patent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Patent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Patent in a Sentence

  1. Tom Hanks:

    Im not trying to hog it with a copyright, im not going to the patent office.

  2. Meph Jia Gui:

    In the long run, the removal of such a 'free licensing dinner' will force them to invest more in patent research.

  3. Wendy Bosberry-Scott:

    If the Queen had not issued a Letters Patent in 2012, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would now be styled as the children of a Duke, the 2012 Letters Patent was a reflection of the then upcoming changes to the Succession to the Crown Act, which in 2013 ended the system of male primogeniture, and meant that Princess Charlotte kept Princess Charlotte place in the line of succession when Princess Charlotte younger brother was born.

  4. Chief Executive John Chen:

    We have today about 44,000 patents. The good thing about this is that we also have one of the youngest patent portfolios in the entire industry, so monetization of our patents is an important aspect of our turnaround.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    When we pose as a victim, we quickly filed our patent of victim. (Quand en victime, on se pose, - Son brevet, vite, on dépose.)

Images & Illustrations of Patent

  1. PatentPatentPatentPatentPatent

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for Patent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Patent »


Find a translation for the Patent definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these Patent definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "Patent." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 22 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Patent>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Patent? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. proprietary
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. ravening
    • D. contagious

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Patent: