patroness

noun
pa·​tron·​ess | \ˈpā-trə-nəs \

Definition of patroness 

: a woman who is a patron

Examples of patroness in a Sentence

a patroness of the arts

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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 Kirsten Scott offers a saucy charm as the prowling patroness, Milo Davenport, playing her as a younger, hotter Peggy Guggenheim. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "C'est magnifique! Saenger's 'An American in Paris' dances its way into audience's heart," 31 Jan. 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. Vogue, "Single This Halloween? 11 Costumes Guaranteed to Make You Stand Out From the Crowd," 20 Oct. 2017 Saint Agnes is the patroness of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, for which Bishop Perez is being ordained an auxiliary bishop, and a lamb's head, painted gold, appears on the arms of the Diocese. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Bishop Nelson J. Perez's shield includes personal and professional touches," 11 July 2017 Meanwhile, Milo Davenport (Emily Ferranti), a wealthy American art lover seeking repute as a patroness of the arts, meets all three men and falls for Jerry. Eric Marchese, Orange County Register, "‘An American in Paris’ meshes classic song-and-dance with high-tech visuals," 26 Apr. 2017 The Madonna del Ghisallo became known as the patroness of travelers. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Giro d'Italia: Italian chapel that's a shrine to cycling's heroes," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of patroness

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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patroness

noun

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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