- 1A person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity: Charles became a patron of Rubens and van Dyck a celebrated patron of the artsMore example sentences
- But the festival enjoys great support from some 20 local organisations, friends, patrons and the district council.
- These achievements should be shared with our sponsors, patrons and supporters.
- The organisers are deeply grateful for the support of patrons over the past months.
- 2A customer, especially a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater: we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patronsMore example sentences
- Most of his customers are regular patrons, many of whom are foreigners.
- The aim was to make the area more attractive to business and more welcoming to regular patrons and visitors.
- These customers will most likely turn into regular patrons.
- 3 short for patron saint.
- 4(In ancient Rome) a patrician in relation to a client. See also client ( sense 3).More example sentences
- They are the most obvious sign that hospitality helped to articulate the patron/client relations that permeated Roman society.
- A typical patrician noble, he saw his world in terms of personal ambition, Roman patriotism, family loyalty, and patron-client relationships.
- In ancient Rome clients were plebeians who were bound in a subservient relationship with their patrician patron.
- 4.1(In ancient Rome) the former owner and (frequently) protector of a freed slave.More example sentences
- Sometimes the new feudal lord was welcomed as a patron and protector.
- He needed a patron to protect his new found freedom and often looked to his former master to champion him.
- 5British chiefly • historical A person or institution with the right to grant a benefice to a member of the clergy.More example sentences
- Here those favoring the wealthy are following social convention and may even see themselves securing the benefaction of the patron for the church.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patronus 'protector of clients, defender', from pater, patr- 'father'.