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Meaning of PATRON

Pronunciation:  'peytrun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a regular customer
  2. [n]  someone who supports or champions something
  3. [n]  (French) the proprietor of an inn

PATRON is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: frequenter, sponsor, supporter
 See Also: angel, backer, benefactor, client, customer, fixture, godfather, godparent, guarantor, habitue, helper, host, innkeeper, operagoer, owner, patroness, patronne, pillar of strength, proprietor, regular, surety, tower of strength, warranter, warrantor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa"tron\, n. [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.
  2. \Pa"tron\, v. t.
    To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor. [Obs.] --Sir T.
  3. \Pa"tron\, a.
    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.
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