pa·​tron | \ ˈpā-trən How to pronounce patron (audio) , for sense 6 also pa-ˈtrōⁿ How to pronounce patron (audio) \

Definition of patron

1a : a person chosen, named, or honored as a special guardian, protector, or supporter a patron of the arts
b : a wealthy or influential supporter of an artist or writer … the unspoken contract between artist and patron— D. D. R. Owen
c : a social or financial sponsor of a social function (such as a ball or concert) a patron of the annual masked ball
2 : one that uses wealth or influence to help an individual, an institution, or a cause a patron of the city library
3 : one who buys the goods or uses the services offered especially by an establishment a restaurant's patrons
4 : the holder of the right of presentation to an English ecclesiastical benefice
5 : a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him
6 [ French, from Middle French ] : the proprietor of an establishment (such as an inn) especially in France
7 : the chief male officer in some fraternal lodges having both men and women members

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Other Words from patron

patronal \ ˈpā-​trə-​nᵊl How to pronounce patronal (audio) ; British  pə-​ˈtrō-​nᵊl , pa-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for patron


account, client, customer, guest, punter [chiefly British]

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Examples of patron in a Sentence

She is a well-known patron of the arts. the wealthy philanthropist is one of the city's most generous patrons of its symphony orchestra

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The space, situated on the first floor of the Bank of America Tower, will seat roughly 200 patrons, according to the Houston Business Journal. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Common Bond to debut full-service restaurant at downtown food hall Understory," 14 Aug. 2019 IndyGo officials are also reminding patrons about a number of route changes that will take effect when the Red Line opens to the public on Sept. 1. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Construction is nearly done on the Red Line. New bus routes are coming soon.," 13 Aug. 2019 Federal prosecutors alleged that Climo was connected to white supremacists through encrypted online conversations and wanted to attack Jews and patrons of an LGBTQ bar. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Authorities investigate threats across the country after mass shootings," 11 Aug. 2019 Instead, the White House abruptly deferred to the Kremlin, Assad’s ally and patron, to hold the dictator to account for his crimes against humanity. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 While these experimental communities failed, some of their utopian philosophies are still very much alive among New Harmony’s present-day artistic patrons. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 Officials say the gunman, Ian David Long, shot an unarmed security guard outside the bar, then went in and continued shooting, injuring other security workers, employees and patrons. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Deadliest mass shootings in modern US history," 4 Aug. 2019 But without any exposure to orchestral music, those people stand no chance of becoming a patron. John Wenzel, The Know, "From “Harry Potter” to “Star Wars,” the Colorado Symphony goes all-in on movie scores," 2 Aug. 2019 Tickets are on sale now for Paley supporting, fellow and patron members, and individual members. Sydney Scott, Essence, "The Paley Center Celebrates Phylicia Rashad And Lynn Whitfield," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of patron

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for patron

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin patronus patron saint, patron of a benefice, pattern, from Latin, defender, from patr-, pater

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English Language Learners Definition of patron

: a person who gives money and support to an artist, organization, etc.
somewhat formal : a person who buys the goods or uses the services of a business, library, etc.


pa·​tron | \ ˈpā-trən How to pronounce patron (audio) \

Kids Definition of patron

1 : a person who gives generous support or approval
2 : customer

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not constant or steady

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