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Origin of patron saint
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Example sentences from the Web for patron saint
If they wished more land they must work for it; they must not take idleness for their patron-saint.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua|William Garden Blaikie
They seem to have chosen Franklin for their patron-saint, and to have adopted Poor Richard's maxims as a fifth gospel.Society, Manners and Politics in the United States|Michael Chevalier
She is the patron-saint of young physicians and the bosom-friend of old ones.Twice Told Tales|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Kneeling before the bishop she begged his benediction and the name of Cecilia her patron-saint.Heroines of the Crusades|C. A. Bloss
In France, it is not the birthday, but the day of the patron-saint whose name one bears, which is celebrated.An Englishman in Paris|Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
British Dictionary definitions for patron saint
Cultural definitions for patron saint
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.