Definition of patron
1a : a person chosen, named, or honored as a special guardian, protector, or supporter a patron of the artsb : a wealthy or influential supporter of an artist or writer … the unspoken contract between artist and patron … — D. D. R. Owenc : a social or financial sponsor of a social function (such as a ball or concert) a patron of the annual masked ball
2 : one that uses wealth or influence to help an individual, an institution, or a cause a patron of the city library
3 : one who buys the goods or uses the services offered especially by an establishment a restaurant's patrons
4 : the holder of the right of presentation to an English ecclesiastical benefice
5 : a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him
6 [French, from Middle French] : the proprietor of an establishment (such as an inn) especially in France
7 : the chief male officer in some fraternal lodges having both men and women members
patronalplay \ˈpā-trə-nəl; British pə-ˈtrō-nəl, pa-\ adjective
Examples of patron in a sentence
She is a well-known patron of the arts.
the wealthy philanthropist is one of the city's most generous patrons of its symphony orchestra
Recent Examples of patron from the web
The expedition’s patron died shortly afterward, and so Vignes’s Palmyra images, unlike his Petra photographs, were never widely distributed.
As president, Mr. Trump has tapped a powerful circle of superwealthy businessmen to advise him, although only a few of them were among his original patrons.
Cozy Corner 745 N. Parkway (901-527- 9158) While many of the hungry patrons who crowd the Cozy Corner at lunchtime crave pork ribs, the house favorite is, hands down, the barbecued Cornish game hen.
Anthony Weiner, patron saint of sniveling dirtbags, is a tragic figure.
Any solution to that problem must involve China, North Korea’s patron, U.S. and Chinese officials agree.
More so, the restaurants lately seem to take their patrons for granted; the value equation is no longer balanced between diner and restaurant.
There's also a new $3 surtax on the patrons of strip clubs.
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Origin and Etymology 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
PATRON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of patron for English Language Learners
: 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.
PATRON Defined for Kids
Word Root of patron
The Latin word pater, meaning “father,” and the Greek word patēr give us the root pater or patr. Anyone or anything paternal, such as an aunt or uncle, is related to one's father. A patriarch is a father and ruler of a family or tribe. A patriot is a person who loves his or her fatherland or country. A patron is a person who gives support and approval for a project or artist, as fathers support and approve of their children.
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