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 forms

sub·pa·tron·ess, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for patroness

patroness

/ (ˈpeɪtrənˌɛs) /

noun

a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor

Derived Forms

patronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl), adjectivepatronly, adjective

Word Origin for patroness

see patron
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