Patronage Definition

pātrə-nĭj, pătrə-
noun
The function or status of a patron.
Webster's New World
Support, encouragement, sponsorship, etc. given by a patron.
Webster's New World
Support or encouragement proffered in a condescending manner.
Our little establishment has finally been deemed worthy of the bank's patronage.
American Heritage
Goodwill, favor, courtesy, etc. shown to people considered inferior; condescension.
Webster's New World
Patrons collectively; clientele.
Webster's New World
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verb

To support by being a patron of.

Wiktionary

To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Patronage

Noun

Singular:
patronage
Plural:
patronages

Origin of Patronage

  • French patronage

    From Wiktionary

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