A marker made from leaves and twigs left by gypsies to indicate the direction taken and travelling group.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Whyte-Melville (1821–1878), novelist and poet. From Welsh Romani patrin leaf, patrin from Balkan Romani patrí from Sanskrit patrikā, diminutive of patra leaf, feather.
“The four twigs in the patrin indicates four caravans.”
Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.
Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.