The apprentice might expect some kind of support and patronage after his term expired.
He keeps order chiefly thanks to the patronage that he can grant and withdraw according to his discretion and whim.
Each year, members receive an “annual patronage refund” that is based on purchases.
Kate's patronage of the High Street is undoubtedly partly to blame.
This is why Tocqueville puts such a stress on the perils of patronage.
The Northern Kingdom in particular was under the patronage of Horus.
All who were outside the social system had to seek the patronage of a great man.
These were written with such submissions and professions of his patronage, as I had never seen any more acknowledging.
When I need his patronage, I'll take my place in line with other henchmen and ask for it.
Dissatisfied with the patronage which he received in Paris, Poussin went to Rome when he was about thirty years of age.
late 14c., "right of presenting a qualified person to a church benefice," from Old French patronage (14c.) from patron (see patron). Secular sense of "action of giving influential support" is from 1550s. General sense of "power to give jobs or favors" is from 1769; meaning "regular business of customers" is 1804.
The power of a government official or leader to make appointments and offer favors. Once in office, a politician can use patronage to build a loyal following. Though practiced at all levels of government, patronage is most often associated with the machine politics of big cities. (See spoils system.)