patron NOUN 1) a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, etc. 2) a regular customer of a restaurant, hotel, etc.
DERIVATIVES patroness noun.
ORIGIN Latin patronus 'protector of clients, defender' , from pater 'father' .

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  • Patroness — Pa tron*ess, n. [Cf. F. patronnesse.] A female patron or helper. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Night, best patroness of grief. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patroness — index donor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patroness — (n.) early 15c., from M.L. patronissa, fem. of patronus (see PATRON (Cf. patron)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • patroness — [pā′trə nis] n. a female patron: see ESS …   English World dictionary

  • patroness — patron, patroness (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. customer; benefactor, supporter; saint, defender, backer, angel. See purchase, friend …   English dictionary for students

  • patroness — [[t]pe͟ɪtrənes[/t]] patronesses N COUNT: usu with supp A woman who is a patron of something can be described as a patroness. Syn: sponsor …   English dictionary

  • patroness — noun Date: 15th century a woman who is a patron …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • patroness — /pay treuh nis/, n. a woman who protects, supports, or sponsors someone or something. [1375 1425; late ME patronesse female patron saint < OF] Usage. See ess. * * * …   Universalium

  • patroness — noun A female patron …   Wiktionary

  • patroness — pa|tron|ess [ˈpeıtrənıs] n a woman who supports the activities of a person or organization, by giving money or using their name in advertising →↑patron …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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