pa·​troon pə-ˈtrün How to pronounce patroon (audio)
archaic : the captain or officer commanding a ship
[Dutch, from French patron] : the proprietor of a manorial estate especially in New York originally granted under Dutch rule but in some cases existing until the mid-19th century

Examples of patroon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicholas is a patroon—that is, a landowner descended from New York’s seventeenth-century Dutch settlers, who, in this period, were still allowed to run their estates on a quasi-feudal system. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History


French patron & Spanish patrón, from Medieval Latin patronus, from Latin, patron

First Known Use

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of patroon was in 1719

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Cite this Entry

“Patroon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


pa·​troon pə-ˈtrün How to pronounce patroon (audio)
: a landowner of a large estate in New York or New Jersey granted by the Dutch
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