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1 someone who gives financial support and encouragement, eg to an artist, the arts, a movement or charity a patron of the arts .
2 a regular customer of a shop, attender at a theatre, etc.
3 C of E someone who has the right to appoint to any office, especially to a living in the church.
4 a patron saint.
[14c in the sense -protector-: from Latin patronus protector]
patronal adjective .
patronly adverb .

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patron saint
noun the guardian saint of a country, profession, craft, etc.

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1 the support given by a patron.
2 regular custom given to a shop, theatre, etc.
3 the power of bestowing, or recommending people for, offices.

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noun , old use a woman patron (senses 1 and 2). See note at authoress.

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patronize or patronise ; N Am
verb (patronized , patronizing )
1 to treat someone condescendingly, or with benevolent superiority, especially inappropriately.
2 to act as a patron towards (an organization, individual, etc).
3 to give custom, especially regularly, to (a shop, theatre, restaurant, etc).
[16c in sense 2; late 18c in sense 1]
patronizing adjective .
patronizingly adverb .

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