patronage

noun

pa·​tron·​age ˈpa-trə-nij How to pronounce patronage (audio) ˈpā- How to pronounce patronage (audio)
1
2
: the support or influence of a patron
the patronage of science by universities
3
: kindness done with an air of superiority
The prince deigned to bestow his patronage on the composer.
4
: business or activity provided by patrons
the new branch library is expected to have a heavy patronage
5
a
: the power to make appointments to government jobs especially for political advantage
oust his enemies from office and use the patronage to support his policiesH. K. Beale
b
: the distribution of jobs on the basis of patronage
The governor filled the vacated positions through patronage.
c
: jobs distributed by patronage
the government's vast network of patronage

Examples of patronage in a Sentence

The college relied on the patronage of its wealthy graduates to expand its funds. They thanked her for her patronage of the new hospital. The city should do more to encourage patronage of local businesses. a system of political patronage
Recent Examples on the Web For the axis, Russia’s patronage came at the perfect moment. Hamidreza Azizi, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 Longer terms mean more time to build patronage networks to shore up personal power. Amanda Taub, New York Times, 6 June 2024 During the 20th century, Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, established a system of patronage and corruption that kept its members in power and other parties in the minority. James D. Long, The Conversation, 30 May 2024 This week, William’s cousins, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike Tindall, helped the future king host a garden party at Buckingham Palace for members of his and Kate’s patronages and charitable projects, Us Weekly reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for patronage 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of patronage was in the 14th century

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“Patronage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patronage. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

patronage

noun
pa·​tron·​age ˈpa-trə-nij How to pronounce patronage (audio) ˈpā- How to pronounce patronage (audio)
1
: the support or influence of a patron
2
: business or activity provided by patrons
3
: the power to give out government jobs, contracts, or favors

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