- a person who held an estate in land with certain manorial privileges granted under the old Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
Origin of patroon
Examples from the Web for patroon
And then there was our dispute at Albany--in the Patroon's mansion, you will recall.In the Valley
“Perhaps I can make a cast for you,” cried the patroon eagerly.
Moreover, she was an actress, and the patroon was madly in love with her.
“If I am not mistaken, yonder is our divinity of the lane,” said the patroon softly.
The patroon gazed in seeming carelessness from the soldier to the young girl.
- (in the US) a Dutch land-holder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era
Word Origin and History for patroon
1660s, variant of patron used in foreign contexts, from Dutch patroon (a French loan-word) or French patron "master, patron," from Old French (see patron; also cf. -oon); used from 1758 in parts of New York and New Jersey colonies for "landholder," especially one with certain manorial privileges (abolished c.1850) under the old Dutch governments by the charter of 1629.