The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things.
America attacked Vietnam, though its patron had a thousand bombs.
They filed out beneath the stained-glass windows depicting the patron saint of beekeepers and candle makers.
Ronald Reagan is the patron saint for Republicans, just as John F. Kennedy is for Democrats.
Ron Galella, patron saint of paparazzi, released a new book of Michael Jackson photos.
I owe the spirit of my patron this man's blood, and I shall pay the debt.
They were nearly all that was left of his week-end with the patron in Suffolk.
Dora: I won't be put in statistics, even if it is Christmas and you are the patron saint.
And this man is a magistrate, and he fancies himself my patron!
I contemplated the proceedings of my patron with the deepest astonishment.
"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.).