Definition of patroon in English:


Line breaks: pa¦troon
Pronunciation: /pəˈtruːn


US historical
  • A person given land and granted certain manorial privileges under the former Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
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    • 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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