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patroon

[puh-troon]
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noun
  1. a person who held an estate in land with certain manorial privileges granted under the old Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
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Origin of patroon

1655–65; < Dutch < French < Latin patrōnus. See patron, -oon
Related formspa·troon·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for patroon

Historical Examples

  • And then there was our dispute at Albany--in the Patroon's mansion, you will recall.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • “Perhaps I can make a cast for you,” cried the patroon eagerly.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Moreover, she was an actress, and the patroon was madly in love with her.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • “If I am not mistaken, yonder is our divinity of the lane,” said the patroon softly.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • The patroon gazed in seeming carelessness from the soldier to the young girl.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham


British Dictionary definitions for patroon

patroon

noun
  1. (in the US) a Dutch land-holder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era
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Derived Formspatroonship, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Dutch: patron 1
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Word Origin and History for patroon

n.

1660s, variant of patron used in foreign contexts, from Dutch patroon (a French loan-word) or French patron "master, patron," from Old French (see patron; also cf. -oon); used from 1758 in parts of New York and New Jersey colonies for "landholder," especially one with certain manorial privileges (abolished c.1850) under the old Dutch governments by the charter of 1629.

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