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

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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.
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The patron saint of this film is Davis, as the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and one of the film’s most persuasive voices. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and more Hollywood women take a stand in ‘This Changes Everything’," 8 Aug. 2019 Ancient Sparta’s influence is all around us, providing a litany of patron saints for spectacular last stands. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Children grow up making them and firing them off to celebrate festivals that honor patron saints. Frank Shyong,, "An appreciation of the pyrotechnic anarchy of Fourth of July in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 Hollywood ran scared and Tate, who was eight months pregnant when she was stabbed 16 times by followers of Charles Manson, became a patron saint to the inexpressible. Los Angeles Times, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 25 July 2019 New name and decor Longtime executive chef Ramon Rice came up with the concept and the name, which pays homage to the patron saint of winemakers, brewers, distillers and bartenders. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "12-year-old D’Vine Bistro in Chandler is now St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails. Here's what to expect when you go," 17 July 2019 There’s even a patron saint of fireworks makers, San Juan de Dios, who was canonized for saving patients from a burning hospital. Frank Shyong,, "An appreciation of the pyrotechnic anarchy of Fourth of July in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 More than 225,000 European immigrants and enslaved Africans spent time at the medical way station, dubbed the Lazaretto after St. Lazarus of Bethany, the patron saint of lepers, and a similar quarantine station in Venice. Inga Saffron,, "This building on the Delaware River saved immigrant lives for 95 years. Now it’s been rescued by Tinicum Twp. | Inga Saffron," 4 June 2019 The Little Landers named San Ysidro after Saint Isidore of Spain, the Catholic patron saint of farmers. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Ysidro/Otay Mesa: A sense of history and community pride," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of patron saint

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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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

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Kids Definition of patron saint

: a saint to whom a church or society is dedicated

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