Patron

Definition of Patron

Pa´tron
n.1.One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender.
2.(Rom. Antiq.) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him.
Let him who works the client wrong
Beware the patron's ire.
- Macaulay.
3.One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art.
4.(Eccl. Law) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice.
5.A guardian saint. - called also patron saint.
6.(Naut.) See Padrone, 2.
Patrons of Husbandry
the grangers. See Granger, 2.
v. t.1.To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor.
a.1.Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary.
Patron saint
(R. C. Ch.) a saint regarded as the peculiar protector of a country, community, church, profession, etc., or of an individual.

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