patronage[pā′trə nij, pa′-]
- Patronage is customers or the financial support from customers or guests.
- An example of patronage is all of the customers at a deli.
- An example of patronage is money received by a hotel during a convention.
- the function or status of a patron
- support, encouragement, sponsorship, etc. given by a patron
- goodwill, favor, courtesy, etc. shown to people considered inferior; condescension
- patrons collectively; clientele
- business; trade; custom
- the power to appoint to office or grant other favors, esp. political ones
- the distribution of offices or other favors through this power
- the offices, etc. thus distributed
Origin of patronageOFr: see patron and amp; -age
- The support or encouragement of a patron, as for an institution or cause.
- Support or encouragement proffered in a condescending manner: Our little establishment has finally been deemed worthy of the bank's patronage.
- The trade given to a commercial establishment by its customers: Shopkeepers thanked Christmas shoppers for their patronage.
- Customers or patrons considered as a group; clientele: The grand old hotel has a loyal but demanding patronage.
- a. The power to distribute or appoint people to governmental or political positions.b. The act of distributing or appointing people to such positions.c. The positions so distributed or filled.
- The right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
(countable and uncountable, plural patronages)
- The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.
- His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.
- Customers collectively; clientele; business.
- The restaurant had an upper class patronage.
- A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
- (politics) Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
- Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
- The right of nomination to political office.
- (UK, law) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
(third-person singular simple present patronages, present participle patronaging, simple past and past participle patronaged)
patronage - Legal Definition
The giving of protection or support; sponsorship; all of the clients or customers of a business; clientele; political favors, such as appointing to governmental positions in exchange for political support.