- a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
- a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
- See patron saint
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- one who is a customer, esp. a regular one, of a store, etc.:Patrons must leave the hotel by 3:00 p.m.
- one who supports an artist, charity, etc., with money, etc.:a patron of the arts.
- a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, esp. a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
- a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like:a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
- a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
- ReligionSee patron saint.
- Ancient HistoryRom. Hist. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
- Religion[Eccles.]a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.
pa′tron•dom, pa′tron•ship′, n.
- Medieval Latin, Latin patrōnus legal protector, advocate (Medieval Latin: lord, master), der. of pater father. See pattern
- Middle English 1250–1300
pa•trón (pä trôn′)USA pronunciation n., pl. -tron•es(-trô′nes).USA pronunciation Spanish.
- Foreign Terms(in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss;
- a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar