patron saint


: a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated
: 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 The city also celebrates its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, on June 24 with a game of Calcio Storico, a mix of rugby, soccer, and wrestling, with participants wearing 16th-century costumes. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2024 That evening, the church was packed with people who had come from all corners of the Orthodox world for the annual Feast of Saint Andrew, the Phanar’s patron saint. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 Many small towns and villages celebrate their patron saints or local products with events that attract both residents and visitors curious to experience the Amalfi Coast like a local. Sara Magro, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Apr. 2024 The timing of the news was thoughtful as March 1 is St. David’s Day, the feast day celebrating Wales' patron saint. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 The day is also often referred to as St. Brigid’s Day, referring to the Celtic goddess Brigantia, as well as Ireland’s patron saint, also a Christian saint, Brigid of Kildare. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 29 Jan. 2024 Francesca Moretti, Bellavista’s winemaker, explains that each year on December 7, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Sant’Ambrogio, the new season opens at Teatro alla Scala with a premiere. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2023 According to legend, the Sisters of Loretto prayed a nine-day novena to St. Joseph, patron saint of Carpenters, for help building a staircase to the choir loft. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024 The mid-century theorist of decolonization has long been the patron saint of political violence. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of patron saint was in 1703

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“Patron saint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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patron saint

: a saint to whom a person, society, church, or place is dedicated

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