- a saint regarded as the special guardian of a person, group, trade, country, etc.
Origin of patron saint
Examples from the Web for patron saint
The following day, the 9th of May, was Kolia's patron-saint's day.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
Then he fell on his knees and prayed his patron-saint to help him.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories
She is the patron-saint of young physicians and the bosom-friend of old ones.Twice Told Tales
And it is Kant, the patron-saint of the American Ethical lecturers, who set them the example of inconsistency.The Story of My Mind
M. M. Mangasarian
She is the patron-saint of young physicians, and the bosom friend of old ones.
- a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc
A saint from whom a person or group claims special protection or prayers. Saint Christopher, for example, is considered the patron of travelers; Saint Luke, the patron of doctors; and Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland. People who have the same name as a saint may consider the saint their patron. The honoring of patron saints is especially common in the Roman Catholic Church.