- a woman who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar
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Examples from the Web for patronne
"You have droll friends," remarked the patronne continuing her litany.
"They are for des messieurs—for gentlemen," said the patronne diffidently.
After lunch the patronne offered to show us some of the hotel rooms.Europe from a Motor Car
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