Definition of patron in English:

patron

noun

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

    ‘Charles became a patron of Rubens and van Dyck’
    ‘a celebrated patron of the arts’
    • ‘The patrons chose whom to support and greatly influenced the products of that support.’
    • ‘What kinds of promotion do performance arts patrons appreciate most?’
    • ‘Support from patrons and parents would be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘It was a solemn farewell to a great patron of the arts and a doughty supporter of Scottish causes.’
    • ‘These achievements should be shared with our sponsors, patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘The club deeply appreciates the ongoing support of its patrons and the community.’
    • ‘Many thanks is extended to the loyal patrons who support the committee every week.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the organising committee, patrons and friends who gave prizes.’
    • ‘Thanks to all the loyal patrons who have supported fund-raising ventures over the years.’
    • ‘But the festival enjoys great support from some 20 local organisations, friends, patrons and the district council.’
    • ‘Happy New Year to all our patrons and supporters.’
    • ‘He also thanked the press and all their patrons and sponsors, without whose financial support, the show would not go on.’
    • ‘We would like to thank all our patrons for supporting us.’
    • ‘The organisers are deeply grateful for the support of patrons over the past months.’
    • ‘The club is deeply grateful for the ongoing support of its patrons.’
    • ‘What is needed is a patron who understands and supports the substance of the projects and the one-time opportunity they represent.’
    • ‘The committee thanks their patrons for their support.’
    • ‘This would not have been possible without the continued support of all our patrons.’
    • ‘Sincere thanks to the patrons who so generously supported the draw.’
    • ‘The committee would like to thank their patrons without whose support the cost of publishing the annual magazine would be prohibitive.’
    sponsor, backer, financier, subsidizer, underwriter, guarantor, benefactor, benefactress, contributor, subscriber, donor
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  • 2A customer, especially a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater.

    ‘we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patrons’
    • ‘These customers will most likely turn into regular patrons.’
    • ‘Police forced restaurant patrons to leave immediately.’
    • ‘The restaurant seats 155 patrons and employs a staff of 18 chefs.’
    • ‘The aim was to make the area more attractive to business and more welcoming to regular patrons and visitors.’
    • ‘Most of his customers are regular patrons, many of whom are foreigners.’
    • ‘He noticed the curious stares of the regular patrons of the inn.’
    • ‘Isn't it embarrassing to be in a restaurant where a patron is yelling at the waiter?’
    • ‘Of course, restaurant patrons could go elsewhere, though they should not have to.’
    • ‘Postal patrons also must complete customs forms and declarations pertaining to the contents of parcels being mailed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half of the restaurant's patrons are also hotel guests, while the remainder come off the street.’
    • ‘She returned the embrace gratefully, not caring about any of the other restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They do not enter into the dinner conversations of restaurant patrons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The waiting area has a fully licensed bar with a drinks lounge for up to 20 patrons and a restaurant area for 16.’
    customer, client, frequenter
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  • 3

    short for patron saint
  • 4(in ancient Rome) a patrician in relation to a client.

    See also client
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In ancient Rome clients were plebeians who were bound in a subservient relationship with their patrician patron.’
    1. 4.1 (in ancient Rome) the former owner and (frequently) protector of a freed slave.
      • ‘Sometimes the new feudal lord was welcomed as a patron and protector.’
      • ‘He needed a patron to protect his new found freedom and often looked to his former master to champion him.’
  • 5British 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

/ˈpātrən/