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 Anne Frank House The Anne Frank House gives patrons the chance to learn what life was like for Anne Frank during WWII, hear excerpts from her diary, and step inside the Secret Annex where her family and other Dutch Jews hid from the Nazis. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "12 cool ways to spend a long weekend in Amsterdam – not counting the Red Light District," 31 Dec. 2019 So the saint who brings us presents is also the patron of porch burglars. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: How is the beginning of a pregnancy like the end of a hockey game?," 15 Dec. 2019 The dough for this treat is shipped from Israel and proofed and fried in-house, giving patrons a taste of the homeland. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "These 7 metro Phoenix restaurants have special menus for Hanukkah," 13 Dec. 2019 The factory holds the work of 82 artists in a variety of media—painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, printmaking, sculpture, fiber—and offers patrons the rare opportunity to talk with artists about their work. al, "Plan the ultimate holiday getaway to this historic Virginia town," 9 Dec. 2019 Duchess Kate is now a royal patron of the British charity Family Action, a role handed down by the queen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate Gets Festive in a Puffer Jacket, Skinny Jeans, and Boots," 4 Dec. 2019 My sibling’s abuser is also a frequent patron of these events, always alone (which is unusual in that scene). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: I’ve seen my sibling’s childhood sexual abuser at events. Should I let someone know?," 3 Dec. 2019 My sibling's abuser is also a frequent patron of these events, always alone (which is unusual in that scene). Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Concerned sib sees assault perpetrator in public," 3 Dec. 2019 Investigators connected Montalvo to the Insomnia Discotec in Brookline on Saturday night – a venue that gave patrons orange wristbands like the ones the victims wore, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety said Monday. Fox News, "California man arrested in Pittsburgh mass overdose deaths, linked to orange wristbands, officials say," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patron.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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