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 gunman, who wasn’t identified, entered the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday and set fire to the gambling tables, unleashing smoke that killed patrons and casino employees.
In another video, an officer off camera inside the club checks for the pulse of a patron only to announce the victim is dead.
Insiders say Dubke came in with few patrons, and never gelled with the originals.
The City will notify residents and patrons as soon as an opening date is determined.
According to police reports, officers at 1:30 a.m. were checking patron IDs at Downing's Bar, 431 S. Milwaukee Ave.
The ordinance takes effect May 27, but the city said it won’t be enforced for 60 days to give businesses time to post no-smoking signs and related information for patrons.
Margarette Purvis, its president, explained recently that the impact then was nearly immediate, with patrons arriving, for the most part, two weeks into the month rather than three.
The intersection between art and consumerism has not escaped Adrian Cheng, the 37-year-old scion of a Hong Kong real estate empire and long-standing art patron.
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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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