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Definition of patronage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    patronage

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈpætrənɪdʒ//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the support, especially financial, that is given to a person or an organization by a patron Patronage of the arts comes from businesses and private individuals.
  2. 2the system by which an important person gives help or a job to someone in return for their support
  3. 3 the support that a person gives a store, restaurant, etc. by spending money there
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patronage