What does the word patent mean?

Usage examples for patent

  1. His elbow almost touched a young man in patent leather boots and yellow gloves, who had his eye- glass still in his eye. – Napoleon the Little by Victor Hugo
  2. That won't answer with ladies' patent- leather shoes! – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  3. San Manuel, with thirty- eight persons, has a patent for six hundred forty acres of " worthless, dry hills." – The Old Franciscan Missions Of California by George Wharton James