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patroon

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noun pa·troon \pə-ˈtrün\

Definition of patroon

  1. 1 archaic :  the captain or officer commanding a ship

  2. 2 [Dutch, from French patron] :  the proprietor of a manorial estate especially in New York originally granted under Dutch rule but in some cases existing until the mid-19th century



Origin of patroon

French patron & Spanish patrón, from Medieval Latin patronus, from Latin, patron


First Known Use: 1743


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