patron saint

noun

Definition of patron saint

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

  2. 2 :  an original leader or prime exemplar

Examples of patron saint in a sentence

  1. St. David is the patron saint of Wales.

  2. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.

  3. The success of her books has made her the patron saint of a new literary movement.

1717

First Known Use of patron saint

1717


PATRON SAINT Defined for English Language Learners

patron saint

noun

Definition of patron saint for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

patron saint

noun

Definition of patron saint for Students

  1. :  a saint to whom a church or society is dedicated



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