Definitions for: Patronage

[n] the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
[n] the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
[n] (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
[n] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
[n] customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
[v] be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
[v] support by being a patron of

Webster (1913) Definition: Pa"tron*age, n. [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.

Pa"tron*age, v. t.
To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: backing, business, championship, clientele, condescension, disdain, keep going, patronise, patronize, support, trade

See Also: approval, approving, blessing, business, custom, depreciation, derogation, disparagement, foster, keep, maintain, nomenklatura, nurture, people, social control, sustain

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