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patron saint

noun

: a saint who is believed to protect a particular place or type of person

: a person who is known or admired as a leader or example

Full Definition of PATRON SAINT

1
:  a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated
2
:  an original leader or prime exemplar

Examples of PATRON SAINT

  1. St. David is the patron saint of Wales.
  2. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.
  3. The success of her books has made her the patron saint of a new literary movement.

First Known Use of PATRON SAINT

1717

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