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

Definition of patroness

: a woman who is a patron

Examples of patroness in a Sentence

a patroness of the arts
Recent Examples on the Web Menhit was a lion goddess associated with war, Heka was the god of magic and medicine, and Neith was the patroness of the city of Sais. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 She’s been known as the patroness of those with nervous disorders ever since. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 The huge artwork has also been the site of multiple religious services, most recently an October Mass for the feast day of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida), a title that refers to the Virgin Mary as patroness of Brazil. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2022 The resort’s food and beverage offerings include Lina, an all-day restaurant whose name is a playful nod to the nickname of St. Regis’ founding patroness, Caroline Astor. Caroline Tell, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 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, 15 Dec. 2020 Tchaikovsky’s longtime patroness Nadezhda von Meck is portrayed by Helen Farrell. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2020 Their music, costumes, and moves imitate Aztec styles—all in the worship of a Catholic patroness. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, 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,, 5 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of patroness

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2022

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“Patroness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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