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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Any patron entering the building for any reason must have a mask on in all areas and at all times. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Support your community - shop local at Transitional Design: Talk of the Towns," 19 Nov. 2020 Fox 11 quoted a patron who said the party was loud and at one point the sliding doors were closed. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Courts will decide if Newsom exceeded his executive power. Californians are judging his hypocrisy," 19 Nov. 2020 The 2020 Masters will resume Friday after this year's patron-less tournament was shattered by thunder and pounding rain. Editors, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden, Masters: 5 things to know Friday," 13 Nov. 2020 DeChambeau and about 15 others — officials, workers, anyone else standing around in the sparse gallery at this patron-less Masters — scoured the turf for a full three minutes, poking and prodding at the ground. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Column: Augusta National cuts Incredible Hulk down to size," 13 Nov. 2020 MashCraft Brewing Company reopened its Greenwood location Friday after closing early Thursday night, when the restaurant says a patron refused to wear a face mask and threatened employees. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "MashCraft reopens in Greenwood after it says patron refusing to wear mask made threats," 13 Nov. 2020 Watching a patron-less Masters will be fascinating. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's TML: UC Bearcats deserve at least a puncher's chance at College Football Playoff," 9 Nov. 2020 As acting chief, Perez had to finish among three finalists in order to be eligible for appointment by his longtime friend and political patron, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim. Edmund H. Mahony,, "AG Tong sets his sights on the pensions of two Bridgeport figures accused in a city job-rigging scandal," 4 Nov. 2020 The Princess, who underwent surgery for scoliosis at age 12, became the royal patron of the very hospital that treated her in her youth last year, and now is working to bolster their unique new fundraising project. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Reflects on Her "Daunting" Scoliosis Surgery, Supports the RNOH's Fundraising Project," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Patron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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

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