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
A patron of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
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.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets patrons Monday at Angie's Soul Cafe in Cleveland.
Cecil’s Pub has had its fair share of famous patrons, from actors working at the nearby Alley Theatre like Richard Thomas and Vanessa Redgrave, to celebrities as diverse as skater Tony Hawk and comedian Bill Maher.
Several restaurants have outdoor dining that lets patrons have their pooches relax at their feet.
Charles and David—a seventy-five-year-old patron of the arts, who is the wealthiest resident of Manhattan—were unusually prepared to take advantage of this shift.
With few secure patrons, the Agency has clung to its claim of social-scientific objectivity as a source of authority and a justification for existence.
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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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