- The definition of a patron is a regular customer of an establishment or someone who provides financial support to some person or cause, such as a patron of the arts.
- 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.
Two patrons of a restaurant enjoy a meal.
patron definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English patroun ; from Old French patrun, patron ; from Midieval Latin and amp; L: Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin patronus, patron saint, patron ; from Classical Latin a protector, defender ; from pater, father
patron definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- also 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: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin patrōnus, from Latin, from pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
- paˈtron·al adjective