[ pey-truh n ]
/ ˈpeɪ trən /


a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, especially a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
Roman History. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
Ecclesiastical. a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.



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Origin of patron

1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin patrōnus legal protector, advocate (Medieval Latin: lord, master), derivative of pater father. See pattern


pa·tron·al, pa·tron·ly, adjectivepa·tron·dom, pa·tron·ship, nounpa·tron·less, adjectivesub·pa·tron·al, adjective

Definition for patron (2 of 2)

[ pah-trawn ]
/ pɑˈtrɔn /

noun, plural pa·tron·es [pah-traw-nes] /pɑˈtrɔ nɛs/. Spanish.

(in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for patron (1 of 3)

/ (ˈpeɪtrən) /


a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
(in ancient Rome) the protector of a dependant or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him
Christianity a person or body having the right to present a clergyman to a benefice

Derived forms of patron

patronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl), adjectivepatronly, adjective

Word Origin for patron

C14: via Old French from Latin patrōnus protector, from pater father

British Dictionary definitions for patron (2 of 3)

/ French (patrɔ̃) /


a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar

British Dictionary definitions for patron (3 of 3)

/ (ˈpætərn) /


Irish a variant spelling of pattern 2
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