- a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, especially a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
- a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
- a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
- patron saint.
- Roman History. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
- Ecclesiastical. a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.
Origin of patron
- (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.
Examples from the Web for patron
I hardly spoke to every patron, but there may have been some validity to his assessment.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things.
Michelangelo tricked his patron about the David, but sometimes he was forcibly reminded who paid the bills.
He was a scion of immense wealth, a civil rights activist, and an art collector and patron.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
At the time, last March, the then-46-year-old Omidyar was being heralded as a patron saint of the financially beleaguered newsbiz.Journalists + eBay Billionaire = Chaos. The Troubles at Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media
November 15, 2014
But the patron is a friend of mine; he will do his very best for you after what I have written.'The Roof of France
Napoleon was neither boy nor man, patron, king, nor pope; he was Napoleon!The Boy Life of Napoleon
I began to thank my patron saint that the Snake River was crossed.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
"It's but what might have been looked for," he said, lightly, in answer to some sad words of my patron's.In the Valley
Each of his men had, as usual, a patron saint according to his name or taste.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
- a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
- a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
- See patron saint
- (in ancient Rome) the protector of a dependant or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him
- Christianity a person or body having the right to present a clergyman to a benefice
- a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar
- Irish a variant spelling of pattern 2
Word Origin and History for patron
"a lord-master, a protector," c.1300, from Old French patron "patron, protector, patron saint" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin patronus "patron saint, bestower of a benefice, lord, master, model, pattern," from Latin patronus "defender, protector, former master (of a freed slave); advocate," from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)). Meaning "one who advances the cause" (of an artist, institution, etc.), usually by the person's wealth and power, is attested from late 14c.; "commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery" [Johnson]. Commercial sense of "regular customer" first recorded c.1600. Patron saint (1717) originally was simply patron (late 14c.).