Definition of patron in English:


Syllabification: pa·tron
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrən


  • 2A customer, especially a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater: we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patrons
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    • 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.
    customer, client, frequenter, consumer, user, visitor, guest
    informal regular, habitué
  • 4(In ancient Rome) a patrician in relation to a client. See also client ( sense 3).
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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