pa·tron | \ ˈpā-trən , for sense 6 also pa-ˈtrōⁿ \

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; Britishpə-ˈtrō-nᵊl, pa- \ adjective

Synonyms for patron


account, client, customer, guest

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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

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Shiru allows patrons one free cup of coffee or tea every two hours. Graham Ambrose,, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 The law bans strippers and patrons from touching each other during performances. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Ohio’s ‘no-touching’ law at center of Stormy Daniels’ arrest has Cincinnati roots," 13 July 2018 There are a limited number of VIP tickets available that allow patrons to get in one hour earlier than the general public and are good for 10 IPA sample pour tickets. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee breweries will celebrate all things beer during Drink Brew City Week," 13 July 2018 Witnesses told police that Morrison had sat down in several other patrons' reserved seats and had been asked to return to his reserved seat, according to the police complaint against him. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "They went to see ‘The First Purge.’ He stabbed a man over a reserved seat, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018 Later in the video, the second man — who by that point was already in handcuffs — is thrown forcefully to the ground by Johnson, prompting a stunned reaction and shouting from other patrons. Jeff Weiner,, "Sanford police investigating officer's videotaped take-down of handcuffed man at The Barn," 12 July 2018 Every year, singers at the conference, hosted by Acappella Ministries, go to the same Chick-fil-A to surprise patrons with a performance. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Flash mob of over 60 a cappella singers fills Chick-fil-A with gospel music," 12 July 2018 Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio after allegedly touching patrons during a Wednesday night performance, according to police. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at an Ohio strip club for touching patrons, police say," 12 July 2018 Souris’ Saloon has outdoor seating and a strong customer base from Towson neighborhoods, and does not suffer fewer patrons in the summer as much as other restaurants when Towson University students leave, , Harden said. Libby Solomon,, "'Neighborhood Night' begins tonight offering specials to those who live or work in Towson," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of patron

: 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.


pa·tron | \ ˈpā-trən \

Kids Definition of patron

1 : a person who gives generous support or approval

2 : customer

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