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noun pa·tron \ˈpā-trən, for 6 also pa-ˈtrōⁿ\

Simple Definition of patron

  • : a person who gives money and support to an artist, organization, etc.

  • : a person who buys the goods or uses the services of a business, library, etc.

Full Definition of patron

  1. 1 a :  a person chosen, named, or honored as a special guardian, protector, or supporter b :  a wealthy or influential supporter of an artist or writer c :  a social or financial sponsor of a social function (as a ball or concert)

  2. 2 :  one that uses wealth or influence to help an individual, an institution, or a cause

  3. 3 :  one who buys the goods or uses the services offered especially by an establishment

  4. 4 :  the holder of the right of presentation to an English ecclesiastical benefice

  5. 5 :  a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him

  6. 6 [French, from Middle French] :  the proprietor of an establishment (as an inn) especially in France

  7. 7 :  the chief male officer in some fraternal lodges having both men and women members

pa·tron·al play \ˈpā-trə-nəl; British pə-ˈtrō-nəl, pa-\ adjective

Examples of patron

  1. She is a well-known patron of the arts.

  2. <the wealthy philanthropist is one of the city's most generous patrons of its symphony orchestra>

Origin of patron

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin patronus patron saint, patron of a benefice, pattern, from Latin, defender, from patr-, pater

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with patron

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