Patronage meaning

pātrə-nĭj, pătrə-
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.

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The trade given to a commercial establishment by its customers.

Shopkeepers thanked Christmas shoppers for their patronage.

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(politics) Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
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Support or encouragement proffered in a condescending manner.

Our little establishment has finally been deemed worthy of the bank's patronage.

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Goodwill, favor, courtesy, etc. shown to people considered inferior; condescension.
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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.
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The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.

His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.

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The restaurant had an upper class patronage.

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A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
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To support by being a patron of.
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To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.
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The support or encouragement of a patron, as for an institution or cause.
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The right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
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Customers or patrons considered as a group; clientele.

The grand old hotel has a loyal but demanding patronage.

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Origin of patronage

  • French patronage

    From Wiktionary