a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity:
Charles became a patron of Rubens and van Dyck |
a celebrated patron of the arts.
a customer, esp. a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater:
we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patrons.
3. short for patron saint.
(in ancient Rome) a patrician in relation to a client. See also client (sense 3).
(in ancient Rome) the former owner and (frequently) protector of a freed slave.
Brit., chiefly hist.
a person or institution with the right to grant a benefice to a member of the clergy.
, baron, barren, Darren, Karen, Sharon, yarran
•plastron • Saharan • Sumatran
•rhododendron • chevron
, Charon, Dáil Eireann
, dodecahedron, octahedron, polyhedron, tetrahedron
•children • citron • grandchildren
•stepchildren • godchildren
, Chiron, environ, Myron, siren
•squadron • Cochran
, Doran, Lauren, loran
, Madeiran, schlieren
, Van Buren
•Aldebaran • Auberon • Acheron
•lepidopteran • Lutheran
holder of an advowson; tutelary saint; protector, upholder XIV; (in various uses repr. Rom. ones) †captain or master of a galley, etc. XV. — (O)F. — L. patrōnus
protector of clients, advocate, defender; (colloq.) affectionate term of address, f. pater
, patr- FATHER
XV. — (O)F. patronal
XVII. — F. or L. patroness
XVI. — †F. or medL.