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1  —as in:
a patron of the arts
Definition someone who contributes money to an organization


a supporter of an organization or person
  • She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
patron = someone who contributes money to an organization
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The Earl of Southampton was Shakespeare's only known patron.
  • I spare you out of love for your father, but I am patron to you no more.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • patron = supporter
  • Well, we were sort of patrons to his family.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • patrons = supporters
  • When he realized what I was talking about, that there were twinkle-bells of sunshine in the room, he smiled like a weather man, like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • patron = supporter
  • The division of gratifying sensations ought not, in strict justice, to have been equal; for Sir Thomas was fully resolved to be the real and consistent patron of the selected child, and Mrs. Norris had not the least intention of being at any expense whatever in her maintenance.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • patron = supporter
  • I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
    Have I been patron to Antipholus,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • patron = supporter
  • I have found out who my patron is.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • patron = someone who supports an organization or person
  • ...and will repute you ever the patron of my life and liberty.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • patron = supporter
  • you would have thought St. Vitus himself, that blessed patron of the dance, was figuring before you in person.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
patron = a supporter (of something)

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2  —as in:
a patron of the restaurant
Definition a customer — especially a regular one
  • She is one of our regular patrons.
patrons = customers
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I have been a patron of this establishment for over 10 years.
  • Before he knew it, he was on the floor, cringing, as the bar fell silent and the patrons stared.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • patrons = customers
  • The Cut burst in and the suddenly sober patrons overturned tables and trampled one another in their efforts to flee.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • patrons = customers
  • An established geisha certainly won't jeopardize her reputation by taking on a younger sister she thinks is dull or someone she thinks her patrons won't like.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • patrons = clients
  • They go out, right, through the group of PATRONS
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • patrons = customers
  • Like theatre patrons anxious to avoid the crush.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • patrons = customers
  • the near-by city which supplied Sherry Island with its patrons,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • patrons = customers
  • That all this might not be too onerous on the purses of his rustic patrons, who are apt to consider the costs of schooling a grievous burden,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • patrons = customers
  • as patrons walked past them
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
patrons = customers

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3  —as in:
a patron saint
Definition in some Christian denominations:  a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
  • Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
patron saint = defender (saint who looks after)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The statue in the garden is of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
  • Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate and lost causes.
  • Nurse O'Halloran tells my grandmother, Pray to St. Jude, patron saint of desperate cases.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • patron saint = in some Christian denominations:  a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
  • "The Sheriff should swear by his patron saint that he will not molest us," said Will Stutely; and his addition was carried unanimously.
    McSpadden, J. Walker  --  Robin Hood
  • I will be known by secrets at my death, like St. Blas who was killed by wool combs and was made the patron saint of woolcombers.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • For the King, or at least this is how Malory interprets him, was the patron saint of chivalry.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He makes me look like the patron saint of ethics.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In literature he is my patron saint.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • For who would dare name the patron saint of England as anything but a hero?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing

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Less commonly:
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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