pa·​tron | \ ˈpā-trən How to pronounce patron (audio) , for sense 6 also pa-ˈtrōⁿ How to pronounce patron (audio) \

Definition of patron

1a : a person chosen, named, or honored as a special guardian, protector, or supporter a patron of the arts
b : a wealthy or influential supporter of an artist or writer … the unspoken contract between artist and patron— D. D. R. Owen
c : 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

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Other Words from patron

patronal \ ˈpā-​trə-​nᵊl How to pronounce patronal (audio) ; British  pə-​ˈtrō-​nᵊl , pa-​ \ adjective

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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 on the Web When the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust—of which the Queen is patron, Harry is president and Meghan vice-president—was first established, CAMFED was one of the first recipients of an award. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make $130,000 Personal Donation to an African Girls Education Charity," 15 Sep. 2020 The duchess is the patron of Smart Works, which helps prepare women for job interviews and to return to work. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Calls Confidence the "Best Accessory" in Smart Works Video Call," 12 Sep. 2020 Although no longer using her HRH title, Meghan continues to be a patron of the charity. Maria Pasquini,, "Meghan Markle Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary of Charity Clothing Line with Special Zoom Call," 12 Sep. 2020 An arriving officer located the patron, who was arrested for assaulting another person in the parking lot. John Benson, cleveland, "Spicy exchange at Taco Bell leads to Parma man’s arrest for assault: Parma Police Blotter," 9 Sep. 2020 The two produced a handgun and attempted to rob the male patron, police said. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "1 dead after suspected robbery attempt on armed car wash patron, police say," 2 Sep. 2020 To celebrate the 125th birthday of the Rugby Football League, of which Prince Harry is a patron, the Duke of Sussex hosted a Zoom call with players, coaches, and volunteers to discuss all things athletics. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Prince Harry Calling Archie His ‘Little Man’ Is the Cutest Thing I've Ever Seen," 31 Aug. 2020 The app will provide many of the functions available on the system’s website, including access to patron accounts and the library catalogue, checkout of electronic resources, placing holds and renewing materials. Bill Mchugh|contributing Writer,, "Library’s virtual summer reading program overcomes COVID restrictions," 7 Sep. 2020 That’s why organizations have established young patron committees as well as throw fundraising events geared to this audience. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "How nonprofits are catering to millennials and rethinking the charity gala for younger generations," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of patron

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of patron was in the 14th century

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patron

: a person who gives money and support to an artist, organization, etc.
somewhat formal : a person who buys the goods or uses the services of a business, library, etc.


pa·​tron | \ ˈpā-trən How to pronounce patron (audio) \

Kids Definition of patron

1 : a person who gives generous support or approval

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