- a person empowered with the granting of an English church benefice
- patron saint
- a person corresponding in some respects to a father; protector; benefactor
- a person, usually a wealthy and influential one, who sponsors and supports some person, activity, institution, etc.: the patrons of the orchestra
- a customer, esp. a regular customer, of a store, restaurant, etc.
- in ancient Rome, a person who had freed a slave but still retained a certain paternal control over him or her
Origin of patronMiddle English patroun from Old French patrun, patron from Medieval Latin and L: Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin patronus, patron saint, patron from L, a protector, defender from pater, father