patroness

[ pey-truh-nis ]
/ ˈpeɪ trə nɪs /

noun

a woman who protects, supports, or sponsors someone or something.

RELATED WORDS

Origin of patroness

1375–1425; late Middle English patronesse female patron saint < Old French
Related formssub·pa·tron·ess, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for patroness

British Dictionary definitions for patroness

patroness

/ (ˈpeɪtrənˌɛs) /

noun

a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
Derived Formspatronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl), adjectivepatronly, adjective

Word Origin for patroness

see patron
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for patroness

patroness


n.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin patronissa, fem. of patronus "protector, defender" (see patron).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper