noun pa·tron·age \ˈpa-trə-nij, ˈpā-\
: money and support that is given to an artist, organization, etc.
: support that is given to a business, library, etc., by buying its goods or using its services
: the power to give jobs or provide other help to people as a reward for their support
: the support or influence of a patron
: kindness done with an air of superiority
: business or activity provided by patrons <the new branch library is expected to have a heavy patronage>
a : the power to make appointments to government jobs especially for political advantage
b : the distribution of jobs on the basis of patronage
c : jobs distributed by patronage
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Examples of PATRONAGE
- The college relied on the patronage of its wealthy graduates to expand its funds.
- They thanked her for her patronage of the new hospital.
- The city should do more to encourage patronage of local businesses.
- a system of political patronage
First Known Use of PATRONAGE
: the help or business given by a supporter
: a group of customers (as of a shop or theater)
: the control by officials of giving out jobs, contracts, and favors
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