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

     

    patronage

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætrənɪdʒ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ//
     
    [uncountable] Dining out
     
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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 somebody in return for their support
  3. 3(especially North American English) the support that a person gives a shop/store, restaurant, etc. by spending money there See related entries: Dining out
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from patron ‘protector, advocate’, from Latin patronus ‘protector of clients, defender’, from pater, patr- ‘father’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patronage