- (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.
- 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
- See patron saint
- (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
Word Origin for patron
- a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar
- Irish a variant spelling of pattern 2
"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.).