patronate

noun pa·tron·ate \ˈpā‧trənə̇t, ˈpa‧-, -əˌnāt\

Definition of patronate

plural

-s

  1. :  the right, duty, position, jurisdiction, or possession of a patron :  patronage

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Origin and Etymology of patronate

Late Latin patronatus, from patronus patron + -atus -ate — more at patron


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