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a woman who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar
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  • "They are for des messieurs—for gentlemen," said the patronne diffidently.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • "You have droll friends," remarked the patronne continuing her litany.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • After lunch the patronne offered to show us some of the hotel rooms.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • And Ste. Geneviève was the patronne of the virgins as well as of the city of Paris.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • The patronne is a motherly creature with half a dozen of her own brood.

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • There is no greeting from the patronne; your arrival gives rise to no pleasant welcoming bustle.

  • Marta managed to catch the patronne's eye, and tapped her own forehead significantly, and Sir Oliver nodded.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • She herself has been elevated to sainthood as the patronne of the vagabond gipsies of all the world.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • The patronne says there is no need for a voiture en galrie, because monsieur must not take his trunks.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • Two rooms were accessible from the tiny hall, but I entered the right one, and there by the window sat the patronne.

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