Definition of patroness in US English:

patroness

noun

  • A female patron.

    • ‘One was below a picture of Saint Maria Goretti, the patroness of young women and wayward teens.’
    • ‘It was written at the court of Marie de Champaigne, influential patroness of the arts.’
    • ‘His wife, meanwhile, became dresser to their old patroness, the Queen-Dowager, Henrietta-Maria.’
    • ‘She is the patroness of unmarried girls, who on marriage pass out of her domain into the tutelage of other, less farouche, goddesses.’
    • ‘She ends up as a patroness of the arts because she enjoys posing for a nude statue (and seducing the sculptor).’
    • ‘She'd been so timid that she had been frightened of the very dancing partners that the patronesses of Almack's had chosen for her.’
    • ‘By the way, Allison, did you get any patroness to sponsor dear Cecilia?’
    • ‘All at once, the patronesses and other guests at Almack's poured in from all sides.’
    • ‘The decorous sentimental verses written by patroness and client during such visits hint at a platonic salon flirtation.’
    • ‘Sadly, Rameau outlived his patroness by only a few months.’
    • ‘She turned away to welcome the next person, a longtime member of Early Music Society, a widow and patroness.’
    • ‘The Empress lives on as a spiritual guide and patroness of our present day Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘Lady Mary was a highly respected patroness of the arts all her life.’
    • ‘Our sweet patroness died for our right to plant those mines.’
    • ‘This year, the firm has found another work by the artist - a depiction of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and patroness the arts.’
    • ‘Cecilia became patroness of music through a misunderstanding.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important of the anthropomorphic Shinto deities is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the patroness and ancestor of the Japanese emperors.’
    • ‘Nationalism is a gradual and fitful process, not a phenomenon that springs fully armed from Zeus's brow and remains an unstinting armed patroness of the national polity.’
    • ‘Miri watched her patroness in the uppermost quadrant of the mirror.’
    • ‘In New York in 1956, he lent a picture of Thérèse, patroness of all the sick, to a friend dying of bone cancer and realized, as he did so, the primacy of God's love.’
    benefactor, benefactress, humanitarian, patron, donor, contributor, giver, sponsor, backer, helper, altruist, good samaritan
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Pronunciation

patroness

/ˈpātrənəs//ˈpeɪtrənəs/