- patron saint,
Origin of patron
noun, plural pa·tron·es [pah-traw-nes] /pɑˈtrɔ nɛs/. Spanish.
Examples from the Web for patron
I hardly spoke to every patron, but there may have been some validity to his assessment.
The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things.
Michelangelo tricked his patron about the David, but sometimes he was forcibly reminded who paid the bills.
He was a scion of immense wealth, a civil rights activist, and an art collector and patron.
At the time, last March, the then-46-year-old Omidyar was being heralded as a patron saint of the financially beleaguered newsbiz.Journalists + eBay Billionaire = Chaos. The Troubles at Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media|Lloyd Grove|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cecil confidently thought and said of the intriguing woman who managed his patron.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Mr. Gurney was a patron of the Turf and a genuine lover of old English sports, but he was never known to bet.Norfolk Annals|Charles Mackie
Every extra service to one patron means a deficiency of service to other patrons.The Itching Palm|William R Scott
May I make so bold as to ask, sir, whether you are a patron of literature?Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
A similar testimony may be borne to Franois de Seckingen, his illustrious friend and patron.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Word Origin for patron
"a lord-master, a protector," c.1300, from Old French patron "patron, protector, patron saint" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin patronus "patron saint, bestower of a benefice, lord, master, model, pattern," from Latin patronus "defender, protector, former master (of a freed slave); advocate," from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)). Meaning "one who advances the cause" (of an artist, institution, etc.), usually by the person's wealth and power, is attested from late 14c.; "commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery" [Johnson]. Commercial sense of "regular customer" first recorded c.1600. Patron saint (1717) originally was simply patron (late 14c.).