pa·​tron·​ess | \ ˈpā-trə-nəs How to pronounce patroness (audio) \

Definition of patroness

: a woman who is a patron

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a patroness of the arts
Recent Examples on the Web But now, having the opportunity to retrace Tchaikovsky’s steps in Florence — based on the letters the composer wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck — Felder had the opportunity to revisit the script. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For Felder’s reimagined ‘Tchaikovsky’ play in Italy, Florence itself will be the star," 15 Dec. 2020 Tchaikovsky’s longtime patroness Nadezhda von Meck is portrayed by Helen Farrell. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: San Diego Rep’s ‘Tchaikovsky’ breaks new ground for Felder and streaming theater," 21 Dec. 2020 Their music, costumes, and moves imitate Aztec styles—all in the worship of a Catholic patroness. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Every year millions of miracle-seeking pilgrims visit Mexico City," 24 Dec. 2019 Los Angeles, named for the Queen of the Angels, turned to its patroness and to the Prince of Peace yesterday for help in winning the greatest battle in history. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: D-day news arrives in Los Angeles," 5 June 2019 Angels surround the piece, and Mary is depicted as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Since Spanish arrival here, the church has been amassing treasures," 13 Jan. 2018 In one corner of the tiny dining room, there is a makeshift altar dedicated to Zumiko where her photograph is framed by images of St. Jude and the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patroness. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Miss Havisham from Great Expectations This boss patroness takes her single self to the extreme by ignoring not just her own sell-by date; buy a few cakes and tea sandwiches to leave out for several weeks, if not months, to create this look. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Single This Halloween? 11 Costumes Guaranteed to Make You Stand Out From the Crowd," 12 Oct. 2018 La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands, was the original name of the church that eventually became San Fernando Cathedral. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Levantada de niño’ today at Mission Concepción," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of patroness

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Patroness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patroness

: a woman who gives money and support to an artist, organization, etc. : a female patron

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