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patron saint

noun
1.
a saint regarded as the special guardian of a person, group, trade, country, etc.
Origin of patron saint
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20
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  • I began to thank my patron saint that the Snake River was crossed.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Each of his men had, as usual, a patron saint according to his name or taste.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • He was the patron saint of Cortez, as he was also of the Thames watermen.

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    Benjamin Taylor
  • To dedicate the chapel to her patron saint was only natural.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • Such were they who now were assembled to celebrate the festival of their patron saint.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for patron saint

patron saint

noun
1.
a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc
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A saint from whom a person or group claims special protection or prayers. Saint Christopher, for example, is considered the patron of travelers; Saint Luke, the patron of doctors; and Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland. People who have the same name as a saint may consider the saint their patron. The honoring of patron saints is especially common in the Roman Catholic Church.

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