- a person who held an estate in land with certain manorial privileges granted under the old Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
Origin of patroon
Examples from the Web for patroonship
Did any aspiring adventurer seek to leap at a bound to the exalted position of patroonship?History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I
- (in the US) a Dutch land-holder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era
Word Origin and History for patroonship
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.