Two patrons of a restaurant enjoy a meal.
- An example of a patron is a person who goes to eat at the same restaurant every week.
- An example of a patron is a wealthy lady who gives a lot of money to a small local art gallery.
- 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 regular customer, as of a store
- in ancient Rome, a person who had freed a slave but still retained a certain paternal control over the slave
Origin of patronMiddle English patroun ; from Old French patrun, patron ; from Medieval Latin and amp; L: Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin patronus, patron saint, patron ; from Classical Latin a protector, defender ; from pater, father
- One that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor: a patron of the arts.
- A customer, especially a regular customer.
- The owner or manager of an establishment, especially a restaurant or an inn of France or Spain.
- a. A noble or wealthy person in ancient Rome who granted favor and protection to someone in exchange for certain services.b. A slave owner in ancient Rome who freed a slave without relinquishing all legal claim to him.
- One who possesses the right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
- A patron saint.
Origin of patronMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin patrōnus, from Latin, from pater, patr-, father; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots.
- One who protects or supports; a defender.
- A customer.
- This car park is for patrons only.
- A property owner who hires a contractor for construction works.
- An influential, wealthy person who supported an artist, craftsman, a scholar or a noble.
- (historical, Roman antiquity) A master who had freed his slave but still retained some paternal rights over him.
- An advocate or pleader.
- (UK, ecclestiastical) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice.
- (nautical) A padrone.
(third-person singular simple present patrons, present participle patroning, simple past and past participle patroned)