3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Patronage \Pa"tron*age\, noun [F. patronage. Cf. LL. patronaticum, and L. patronatus.]

1. Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.

2. Business custom. [Commercial Cant]

3. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care. --Addison.

4. The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.

5. (Eng. Law) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson. --Blackstone.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Patronage \Pa"tron*age\, verb (used with an object) To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives" [syn: {backing}, {backup}, {championship}, {patronage}]

2: customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele" [syn: {clientele}, {patronage}, {business}]

3: a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient [syn: {condescension}, {disdain}, {patronage}]

4: (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support

5: the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage" [syn: {trade}, {patronage}]


1: support by being a patron of

2: be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could" [syn: {patronize}, {patronise}, {patronage}, {support}, {keep going}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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