See also: Patience
From Middle English pacience, from Old French pacience (modern French patience), from Latin patientia (“suffering; endurance, patience”), from patiens, present active participle of patior (“suffer, experience, wait”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peh₁- (“to hurt”). Displaced native Old English ġeþyld.
patience (usually uncountable, plural patiences)
- The quality of being patient.
- Musical perfection requires practice and a lot of patience.
- 1944 September and October, A Former Pupil, “Some Memories of Crewe Works—I”, in Railway Magazine, page 283:
- The most surprising thing was to discover that each job had its little tricks, peculiarities that had been learned in the experience of years, and one of the really pleasing features was the unlimited patience and kindliness of the chargehands and fitters, who would go to great lengths to teach the budding engineer all they themselves knew.
- Any of various card games that can be played by one person. Called solitaire in the US and Canada.
- thole (obsolete, rare, or regional)
- Sranan Tongo: pasensi
quality of being patient
game that can be played by one person
- patience in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- patience in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
From Old French pacience, borrowed from Latin patientia.
patience f (plural patiences)
- → Russian: пасья́нс (pasʹjáns, “solitaire (game)”)
- “patience”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alternative form of pacience