Definition of patroon in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈtruːn/


US historical
A person given land and granted certain manorial privileges under the former Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
Example sentences
  • At first, the rights of the Dutch were maintained, and many prominent families, such as the De Peysters, who were descendants of Dutch patroons, continued to be a cultural, mercantile, and political force.
  • Yet the original grants under which the patroons had obtained their power withstood all attempts to remove them.
  • Another mass meeting of tenants resolved to ‘go into a ten-year contest with the patroon or until a redress of grievances is obtained’.


Mid 17th century: from Dutch.

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