patron saint


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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web It was dedicated to John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, who would become the patron saint of French Canadians. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 If the intersection of ardent Afrobeat and immensely soulful hip-hop – the chill-out sensuality of Afro-Fusion – needs a patron saint, Burna Boy is the man for canonization. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 8 July 2022 Taking the name of the patron saint of wine making (yes, there is a saint for wine making), Borgo San Vincenzo in Montepulciano, Italy opens this month. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 10 July 2022 Each of the three parts of Russia’s nuclear force structure—land, sea and air—has received a patron saint. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Cézanne’s admirers, especially his role as patron saint of the 20th century and abstraction. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 For more than a decade, Sarma Melngailis was known as the patron saint of vegan haute cuisine. Judy Berman, Time, 16 Mar. 2022 Elena Zuniga didn’t go searching for the patron saint of anxiety, depression and mental illness, but St. Dymphna found her anyway. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Originally built in 1780, Borgo San Vincenzo, which was named after the patron saint of winemaking, will feature 21 luxury studios and suites with balconies and patios perfect for enjoying gorgeous sunsets views and alfresco dining. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patron saint

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a saint to whom a church or society is dedicated

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