patron saint

noun

Definition of patron saint 

1 : a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated

2 : an original leader or prime exemplar

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of patron saint in a Sentence

St. David is the patron saint of Wales. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. The success of her books has made her the patron saint of a new literary movement.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Trump is the presidential version of 4chan denizens adopting Bane and the Joker as patron saints: some men want to watch the world burn, others salivate at the prospect of beating up protestors. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Trump is embracing amoral villainy (and making HBO mad) with a Game of Thrones tweet," 2 Nov. 2018 Early in her career, Trattner worked in a plastic surgeon’s office, helping patients with their recovery processes, and mentored under Andrew Weil — Harvard M.D. and patron saint of holistic health. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet the Woman Who Uses Alternative Medicine and Gemstone Facials to Treat Patients," 19 Oct. 2018 Oscar Romero may not formally be the patron saint of abolishing capitalism. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 The film, which airs Monday on PBS, looks at the days and months leading up to the National Pyrotechnic Festival, a 10-day event that honors the patron saint of fireworks makers, San Juan de Dios. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Review: 'Brimstone & Glory' looks at a small town in Mexico where fireworks are made," 1 July 2018 Soon after, Bella Hadid, veritable patron saint of micro sunnies, stepped out in the unreleased pair. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "No More Tiny Sunglasses: Why Sporty Shades Are Summer’s Coolest Look," 27 June 2018 She is now considered the patron saint of dental diseases, and various churches across Europe have claimed to have some of her teeth. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "This Exhibition Has Real Bite," 7 June 2018 Her parents prayed for the intercession of St. Rita, the patron saint of hopeless causes — and the little girl was healed. Atlanta Life, ajc, "‘Good bye, Aunt Rita! I’ll see you on the beach!’," 9 Mar. 2018 People place yellow roses on a memorial for jailed separatists, whom independence supporters consider to be political prisoners, as Catalans celebrate the day of their patron saint, Spain, Monday, April 23, 2018. Washington Post, "Political overtone at Catalan celebration of patron saint," 23 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'patron saint.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of patron saint

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about patron saint

Share patron saint

Statistics for patron saint

Last Updated

25 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for patron saint

The first known use of patron saint was in 1703

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for patron saint

patron saint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patron saint

: a saint who is believed to protect a particular place or type of person

: a person who is known or admired as a leader or example

patron saint

noun

Kids Definition of patron saint

: a saint to whom a church or society is dedicated

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on patron saint

What made you want to look up patron saint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a typical or ideal example

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!