Definitions for: Patron

[n] a regular customer
[n] someone who supports or champions something
[n] (French) the proprietor of an inn

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Pa"tron, v. t.
To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor. [Obs.] --Sir T.

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.

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

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