:the support or influence of a patron
- the patronage of science by universities
:kindness done with an air of superiority
- The prince deigned to bestow his patronage on the composer.
:business or activity provided by patrons
- the new branch library is expected to have a heavy patronage
:the power to make appointments to government jobs especially for political advantage
- oust his enemies from office and use the patronage to support his policies
- —H. K. Beale
:the distribution of jobs on the basis of patronage
- The governor filled the vacated positions through patronage.
:jobs distributed by patronage
- the government's vast network of patronage