Definition of patroness in US English:

patroness

noun

  • A female patron.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Empress lives on as a spiritual guide and patroness of our present day Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘She ends up as a patroness of the arts because she enjoys posing for a nude statue (and seducing the sculptor).’
    • ‘One was below a picture of Saint Maria Goretti, the patroness of young women and wayward teens.’
    • ‘Miri watched her patroness in the uppermost quadrant of the mirror.’
    • ‘By the way, Allison, did you get any patroness to sponsor dear Cecilia?’
    • ‘Our sweet patroness died for our right to plant those mines.’
    • ‘The decorous sentimental verses written by patroness and client during such visits hint at a platonic salon flirtation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important of the anthropomorphic Shinto deities is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the patroness and ancestor of the Japanese emperors.’
    • ‘His wife, meanwhile, became dresser to their old patroness, the Queen-Dowager, Henrietta-Maria.’
    • ‘Sadly, Rameau outlived his patroness by only a few months.’
    • ‘It was written at the court of Marie de Champaigne, influential patroness of the arts.’
    • ‘All at once, the patronesses and other guests at Almack's poured in from all sides.’
    • ‘Cecilia became patroness of music through a misunderstanding.’
    • ‘Lady Mary was a highly respected patroness of the arts all her life.’
    • ‘She turned away to welcome the next person, a longtime member of Early Music Society, a widow and patroness.’
    • ‘This year, the firm has found another work by the artist - a depiction of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and patroness the arts.’
    • ‘She is the patroness of unmarried girls, who on marriage pass out of her domain into the tutelage of other, less farouche, goddesses.’
    benefactor, benefactress, humanitarian, patron, donor, contributor, giver, sponsor, backer, helper, altruist, good samaritan
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Pronunciation

patroness

/ˈpātrənəs//ˈpeɪtrənəs/