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as in: a patron saint Define
in some Christian denominations: a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
  • " Don Quixote laughed, and asked them to take off the next cloth, underneath which was seen the image of the patron saint of the Spains seated on horseback, his sword stained with blood, trampling on Moors and treading heads underfoot; and on seeing it Don Quixote exclaimed, "Ay, this is a knight, and of the squadrons of Christ!
  • "Thou art very simple, Sancho," said Don Quixote; "God, look you, gave that great knight of the Red Cross to Spain as her patron saint and protector, especially in those hard struggles the Spaniards had with the Moors; and therefore they invoke and call upon him as their defender in all their battles; and in these he has been many a time seen beating down, trampling under foot, destroying and slaughtering the Hagarene squadrons in the sight of all; of which fact I could give thee many…

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  • Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
  • The statue in the garden is of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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as in: a patron of the arts Define
someone who contributes money to an organization or: a supporter of an organization or person
as in: a patron of the restaurant Define
a customer -- especially a regular one
as in: a patron saint Define
in some Christian denominations: a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
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