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

Patron \Pa"tron\, noun [F., fr. L. patronus, fr. pater a father. See {Paternal}, and cf. {Patroon}, {Padrone}, {Pattern}.]

1. One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender. "Patron of my life and liberty." --Shak. "The patron of true holiness." --Spenser.

2. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him. (b) A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself. (c) An advocate or pleader.

Let him who works the client wrong Beware the patron's ire. --Macaulay.

3. One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art.

4. (Eccl. Law) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice. [Eng.]

5. A guardian saint. -- called also {patron saint}.

6. (Naut.) See {Padrone}, 2.

{Patrons of Husbandry}, the grangers. See {Granger}, 2.

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

Patron \Pa"tron\, verb (used with an object) To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

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

Patron \Pa"tron\, adjective Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary. --Dryden.

{Patron saint} (R. C. Ch.), a saint regarded as the peculiar protector of a country, community, church, profession, etc., or of an individual.

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

patron

noun

1: a regular customer [syn: {patron}, {frequenter}]

2: the proprietor of an inn

3: someone who supports or champions something [syn: {patron}, {sponsor}, {supporter}]


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