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patroness

[ pey-truh-nis ]
/ ˈpeɪ trə nɪs /
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noun

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

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Origin of patroness

1375–1425; late Middle English patronesse female patron saint <Old French
See -ess.
sub·pa·tron·ess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for patroness

patroness
/ (ˈpeɪtrənˌɛs) /

noun

a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
patronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl), adjectivepatronly, adjective
see patron
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