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patrón

[pah-trawn]
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noun, plural pa·tron·es [pah-traw-nes] /pɑˈtrɔ nɛs/. Spanish.
  1. (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.
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British Dictionary definitions for patrón

patron1

noun
  1. a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
  2. a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
  3. See patron saint
  4. (in ancient Rome) the protector of a dependant or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him
  5. Christianity a person or body having the right to present a clergyman to a benefice
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Derived Formspatronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl), adjectivepatronly, adjective

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin patrōnus protector, from pater father

patron2

noun
  1. a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar
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patron3

noun
  1. Irish a variant spelling of pattern 2
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Word Origin and History for patrón

patron

n.

"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.).

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