- 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.
patronage definition by Webster's New World
- 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: OFr: see patron and amp; -age
patronage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
patronage - Cultural Definition
The power of a government official or leader to make appointments and offer favors. Once in office, a politician can use patronage to build a loyal following. Though practiced at all levels of government, patronage is most often associated with the machine politics of big cities. (See spoils system.)
patronage - Legal Definition