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(especially in France) a woman who is the owner, or the wife of the owner, of a business, especially a cafe, hotel, or restaurant.
- ‘She asks the patronne about the incident, but Anne learns little until another customer invites her to sit down with him.’
- ‘After watching three of four of these poetries in motion glide past the cafe, I ask the patronne if these trains are really such a big deal.’
French, feminine of patron.
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