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patron — as in:  a patron of the arts

She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
someone who contributes money to an organization


a supporter of an organization or person
patron — as in:  a patron of the restaurant

She is one of our regular patrons.
a customer — especially a regular one
patron saint — as in:  a patron saint

Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
in some Christian denominations:  a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place

In ancient Roman history, patron referred to the more powerful person in a complex client-patron relationship. The term is still used in some cultures today to describe a property owner who is in charge of workers.

Also see patron saint.

Much more rarely, a patron is the proprietor of an inn.
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