Definition of patron in English:



  • 1A person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, or cause.

    ‘a celebrated patron of the arts’
    • ‘He also thanked the press and all their patrons and sponsors, without whose financial support, the show would not go on.’
    • ‘It was a solemn farewell to a great patron of the arts and a doughty supporter of Scottish causes.’
    • ‘The committee thanks their patrons for their support.’
    • ‘But the festival enjoys great support from some 20 local organisations, friends, patrons and the district council.’
    • ‘We would like to thank all our patrons for supporting us.’
    • ‘Many thanks is extended to the loyal patrons who support the committee every week.’
    • ‘The committee would like to thank their patrons without whose support the cost of publishing the annual magazine would be prohibitive.’
    • ‘This would not have been possible without the continued support of all our patrons.’
    • ‘The club is deeply grateful for the ongoing support of its patrons.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the patrons who so generously supported the draw.’
    • ‘The club deeply appreciates the ongoing support of its patrons and the community.’
    • ‘What kinds of promotion do performance arts patrons appreciate most?’
    • ‘Support from patrons and parents would be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘What is needed is a patron who understands and supports the substance of the projects and the one-time opportunity they represent.’
    • ‘Happy New Year to all our patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘These achievements should be shared with our sponsors, patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘The organisers are deeply grateful for the support of patrons over the past months.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the organising committee, patrons and friends who gave prizes.’
    • ‘The patrons chose whom to support and greatly influenced the products of that support.’
    • ‘Thanks to all the loyal patrons who have supported fund-raising ventures over the years.’
    sponsor, backer, financier, subsidizer, underwriter, guarantor, benefactor, benefactress, contributor, subscriber, donor
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    1. 1.1A distinguished person who takes an honorary position in a charity.
      ‘the Mental Health Foundation, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron’
      • ‘There are countless charities that want patrons, there are hospices, hospitals and schools that need to be visited, events that have to be opened and projects that need to be endorsed.’
      • ‘The 57-year-old is the main fundraiser and patron of the charity which helps vulnerable people and victims of crime.’
      • ‘As patron of the charity Age Concern, he attended the launch of its Business Pledge campaign to encourage employers to recruit the over-50s.’
      • ‘Marjorie, who is currently looking for a suitable patron for the charity, has said that setting up the charity helped to ease her grief.’
      • ‘Mary, an active patron of many children's charities, also helped launch a new foundation aimed at teaching third world youngsters to read and write.’
      • ‘He is patron of the charity, set up in memory of an Evesham schoolgirl.’
      • ‘Two years ago the Scoliosis Association approached him to become a patron of the charity, and floated the idea for this exhibition.’
      • ‘It says he carries out 500 engagements each year and is patron of 350 charities.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old 400-metre runner from Thornton Heath is patron of the charity and hopes more people will get involved.’
      • ‘Perhaps your good wife the lovely Lady would consider being our patron?’
      • ‘The prime minister's wife is patron of the charity.’
      • ‘I managed to beat him out for the position of head patron at age sixteen.’
      • ‘What's the point of being a patron of the charity if you don't come to an event like this?’
      • ‘She was a patron of many Scottish charities to which she wholeheartedly gave her support.’
      • ‘The Queen is patron of the charity that organises the event and the Home Office pays £500,000 a year to fund it.’
      • ‘The 39-year-old is patron of the charity which funds pioneering research to improve the lives of babies and children.’
      • ‘The countess, who is is the official patron of the charity's 18th birthday, joined Esther on a visit to its Yorkshire and North East headquarters in Leeds yesterday.’
      • ‘She is patron of 14 charities and is expected to take on more official work over the coming months.’
      • ‘Princess Anne is the patron of the national charity and will address more than 1,200 delegates at the University of York's Central Hall.’
      • ‘He is president of the Asthma Campaign and he is also a patron of the Christian charity Mercy Ships and speaks at major fundraising events.’
      benefactor, benefactress, humanitarian, patroness, donor, contributor, giver, sponsor, backer, helper, altruist, good samaritan
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  • 2A customer of a shop, restaurant, etc., especially a regular one.

    ‘we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patrons’
    • ‘These customers will most likely turn into regular patrons.’
    • ‘He teams up with retail shops that refer patrons to the parties and he brings in winemakers to conduct the tastings.’
    • ‘Their dinner was marked by loud hysterics, which earned them more than one unfriendly stare from the older patrons of the restaurant.’
    • ‘Taking a discreet glance around, he saw the few other patrons of the restaurant heartily consuming their own lunch, so he tried to follow suit.’
    • ‘Police forced restaurant patrons to leave immediately.’
    • ‘Of course, restaurant patrons could go elsewhere, though they should not have to.’
    • ‘They do not enter into the dinner conversations of restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘The restaurant seats 155 patrons and employs a staff of 18 chefs.’
    • ‘Someone called the local press, and the dining patrons emptied from the restaurant to watch the rescue attempt.’
    • ‘Most of his customers are regular patrons, many of whom are foreigners.’
    • ‘The aim was to make the area more attractive to business and more welcoming to regular patrons and visitors.’
    • ‘She returned the embrace gratefully, not caring about any of the other restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘Are the fellow employees or regular patrons off limits to me?’
    • ‘He noticed the curious stares of the regular patrons of the inn.’
    • ‘He glanced around the room and took notice of the other patrons in the shop.’
    • ‘However, such an explanation does not account for the evidence that there were few patrons in the shop.’
    • ‘The waiting area has a fully licensed bar with a drinks lounge for up to 20 patrons and a restaurant area for 16.’
    • ‘Postal patrons also must complete customs forms and declarations pertaining to the contents of parcels being mailed.’
    • ‘Half of the restaurant's patrons are also hotel guests, while the remainder come off the street.’
    • ‘Isn't it embarrassing to be in a restaurant where a patron is yelling at the waiter?’
    customer, client, frequenter
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  • 3Roman History
    A patrician in relation to a client.

    • ‘In ancient Rome clients were plebeians who were bound in a subservient relationship with their patrician patron.’
    • ‘They are the most obvious sign that hospitality helped to articulate the patron/client relations that permeated Roman society.’
    • ‘A typical patrician noble, he saw his world in terms of personal ambition, Roman patriotism, family loyalty, and patron-client relationships.’
    1. 3.1The former owner and (frequently) protector of a freed slave.
      • ‘He needed a patron to protect his new found freedom and often looked to his former master to champion him.’
      • ‘Sometimes the new feudal lord was welcomed as a patron and protector.’
  • 4British historical A person or institution with the right to grant a benefice to a member of the clergy.

    • ‘Here those favoring the wealthy are following social convention and may even see themselves securing the benefaction of the patron for the church.’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patronus protector of clients, defender, from pater, patr- father.