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
Patrons take turns placing their orders via a microphone before moving to the register to pay for and collect their meal.
For the high-speed Rollin' Thunder - OWA's pre-eminent roller coaster attraction - patrons under 51 inches are prohibited from riding.
More than 1,000 residents of Jamul sent letters of protest to ABC, most citing concerns that casino patrons who have been drinking will make Highway 94 more dangerous.
During the island's San Juan festival, held each year on June 23 and 24, Minorcan race horses gallop and prance on their rear legs through the streets of Ciutadella to honor of the town's patron saint.
There were no patrons spilling out the entrances at the front and by the bar.
What’s the most important part of interpreting music for Deaf patrons?
Shakur is a revolutionary Black icon, whose legend has evolved into making her a patron saint of Black rebellion in the last half-century.
Those who do come, regular patrons of gay bars said, tend not to draw much attention to themselves.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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