Definition of patron in English:

patron

noun

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

    ‘a celebrated patron of the arts’
    • ‘These achievements should be shared with our sponsors, patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘It was a solemn farewell to a great patron of the arts and a doughty supporter of Scottish causes.’
    • ‘But the festival enjoys great support from some 20 local organisations, friends, patrons and the district council.’
    • ‘The patrons chose whom to support and greatly influenced the products of that support.’
    • ‘Many thanks is extended to the loyal patrons who support the committee every week.’
    • ‘We would like to thank all our patrons for supporting us.’
    • ‘This would not have been possible without the continued support of all our patrons.’
    • ‘The club deeply appreciates the ongoing support of its patrons and the community.’
    • ‘Thanks to all the loyal patrons who have supported fund-raising ventures over the years.’
    • ‘The club is deeply grateful for the ongoing support of its patrons.’
    • ‘He also thanked the press and all their patrons and sponsors, without whose financial support, the show would not go on.’
    • ‘The committee thanks their patrons for their support.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the organising committee, patrons and friends who gave prizes.’
    • ‘What is needed is a patron who understands and supports the substance of the projects and the one-time opportunity they represent.’
    • ‘The committee would like to thank their patrons without whose support the cost of publishing the annual magazine would be prohibitive.’
    • ‘Happy New Year to all our patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘What kinds of promotion do performance arts patrons appreciate most?’
    • ‘The organisers are deeply grateful for the support of patrons over the past months.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the patrons who so generously supported the draw.’
    • ‘Support from patrons and parents would be greatly appreciated.’
    sponsor, backer, financier, subsidizer, underwriter, guarantor, benefactor, benefactress, contributor, subscriber, donor
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    1. 1.1 A distinguished person who takes an honorary position in a charity:
      ‘the Mental Health Foundation, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron’
      • ‘Two years ago the Scoliosis Association approached him to become a patron of the charity, and floated the idea for this exhibition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As patron of the charity Age Concern, he attended the launch of its Business Pledge campaign to encourage employers to recruit the over-50s.’
      • ‘The 57-year-old is the main fundraiser and patron of the charity which helps vulnerable people and victims of crime.’
      • ‘What's the point of being a patron of the charity if you don't come to an event like this?’
      • ‘The Queen is patron of the charity that organises the event and the Home Office pays £500,000 a year to fund it.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old 400-metre runner from Thornton Heath is patron of the charity and hopes more people will get involved.’
      • ‘He is patron of the charity, set up in memory of an Evesham schoolgirl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps your good wife the lovely Lady would consider being our patron?’
      • ‘Marjorie, who is currently looking for a suitable patron for the charity, has said that setting up the charity helped to ease her grief.’
      • ‘It says he carries out 500 engagements each year and is patron of 350 charities.’
      • ‘She is patron of 14 charities and is expected to take on more official work over the coming months.’
      • ‘The 39-year-old is patron of the charity which funds pioneering research to improve the lives of babies and children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was a patron of many Scottish charities to which she wholeheartedly gave her support.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He glanced around the room and took notice of the other patrons in the shop.’
    • ‘Isn't it embarrassing to be in a restaurant where a patron is yelling at the waiter?’
    • ‘The restaurant seats 155 patrons and employs a staff of 18 chefs.’
    • ‘He noticed the curious stares of the regular patrons of the inn.’
    • ‘Half of the restaurant's patrons are also hotel guests, while the remainder come off the street.’
    • ‘Are the fellow employees or regular patrons off limits to me?’
    • ‘Someone called the local press, and the dining patrons emptied from the restaurant to watch the rescue attempt.’
    • ‘He teams up with retail shops that refer patrons to the parties and he brings in winemakers to conduct the tastings.’
    • ‘She returned the embrace gratefully, not caring about any of the other restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘Their dinner was marked by loud hysterics, which earned them more than one unfriendly stare from the older patrons of the restaurant.’
    • ‘Most of his customers are regular patrons, many of whom are foreigners.’
    • ‘Police forced restaurant patrons to leave immediately.’
    • ‘The waiting area has a fully licensed bar with a drinks lounge for up to 20 patrons and a restaurant area for 16.’
    • ‘The aim was to make the area more attractive to business and more welcoming to regular patrons and visitors.’
    • ‘They do not enter into the dinner conversations of restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘However, such an explanation does not account for the evidence that there were few patrons in the shop.’
    • ‘These customers will most likely turn into regular patrons.’
    • ‘Postal patrons also must complete customs forms and declarations pertaining to the contents of parcels being mailed.’
    • ‘Of course, restaurant patrons could go elsewhere, though they should not have to.’
    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. 3.1 The 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

patron

/ˈpeɪtr(ə)n/