- 1The support given by a patron: the arts could no longer depend on private patronageMore example sentences
- It enjoyed no government funding and no guarantee of private patronage.
- Exploration, however, depended upon private patronage despite theorists imploring that maritime expansionism should be state-sponsored.
- As an artist I rely upon the support and patronage of a public audience; I rely upon my words and images being seen as I created them.
- 2The power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges: recruits are selected on merit, not through political patronageMore example sentences
- Imperial authorities also used their powers of patronage or appointment, the mechanisms of taxation, and the provision of public works, to the same end.
- In the past the civil service was used as an employment office for political patronage.
- Over-zealous political patronage, greed and power are behind the latest saga, no doubt.
- 3A patronizing or condescending manner: a twang of self-satisfaction—even patronage—about himMore example sentences
- Without a hint of patronage or condescension, he shows how both characters are victims of circumstance.
- 4The regular business given to a store, restaurant, or public service by a person or group: the direct train link was ending because of poor patronageMore example sentences
custom, trade, business
- I need to prepare for a new chapter in my coffee shop patronage.
- Immigration has enriched the range of restaurants, and restaurant patronage is rising.
- At the time we were aboard, there was a small but well selected book collection, which included children's books, that attracted considerable patronage.
late Middle English: from Old French, from patron 'protector, advocate' (see patron).