Definition of patron noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪtrən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrən//
    Restaurant people, The art world, Helping others
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  1. 1a person who gives money and support to artists and writers Frederick the Great was the patron of many artists. See related entries: The art world
  2. 2a famous person who supports an organization such as a charity and whose name is used in the advertisements, etc. for the organization See related entries: Helping others
  3. 3(formal) a person who uses a particular shop/store, restaurant, etc. Patrons are requested not to smoke. See related entries: Restaurant people
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin patronus ‘protector of clients, defender’, from pater, patr- ‘father’.Extra examples The company is a major patron of the arts. the official patron of the college He was a great patron of the arts and helped to establish the Baltimore Museum. The Duchess of Cornwall is to be patron of the new Unicorn Theatre for Children.
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