patron: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pā'trun), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, esp. a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
  2. a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
  3. a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
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  5. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
  6. a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.


Pronunciation: (pä-trôn') [key]
— pl. -tron•es
  1. (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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