What does patron mean?

Definitions for patron
ˈpeɪ trənpa·tron

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word patron.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patron, frequenternoun

    a regular customer

  2. patronnoun

    the proprietor of an inn

  3. patron, sponsor, supporternoun

    someone who supports or champions something


  1. patronnoun

    A supporter

  2. patronnoun

    A customer

  3. patronnoun

    A property owner who hires a contractor for construction works

  4. patronnoun

    An influential, wealthy person who supported an artist, craftsman, a scholar or a noble.

  5. Etymology: patron, reborrowed from patronus, derived from pater "father".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PATRONnoun

    Etymology: patron, Fr. patronus, Latin.

    I’ll plead for you, as for my patron. William Shakespeare.

    Ne’er let me pass in silence Dorset’s name;
    Ne’er cease to mention the continu’d debt,
    Which the great patron only would forget. Matthew Prior.

    Thou amongst those saints, whom thou do’st see,
    Shall be a saint, and thine own nation’s friend
    And patron. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    St. Michael is mentioned as the patron of the Jews, and is now taken by the Christians, as the protector general of our religion. Dryden.

    We are no patrons of those things; the best defence whereof is speedy redress and amendment. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 1.

    Whether the minds of men have naturally imprinted on them the ideas of extension and number, I leave to those who are the patrons of innate principles. John Locke.


  1. patron

    A patron is an individual, group, or organization who supports, sponsors, or aids another person, activity, or entity, often in the fields of arts, education, or charity. This support can be in the form of financial contributions, services, resources, or encouragement. Additionally, in the business context, a patron can also refer to a regular customer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patronnoun

    one who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender

  2. Patronnoun

    a master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him

  3. Patronnoun

    a man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself

  4. Patronnoun

    an advocate or pleader

  5. Patronnoun

    one who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art

  6. Patronnoun

    one who has gift and disposition of a benefice

  7. Patronnoun

    a guardian saint. -- called also patron saint

  8. Patronnoun

    see Padrone, 2

  9. Patronverb

    to be a patron of; to patronize; to favor

  10. Patronadjective

    doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary

  11. Etymology: [F., fr. L. patronus, fr. pater a father. See Paternal, and cf. Patroon, Padrone, Pattern.]


  1. Patrón

    Patrón is a brand of tequila products produced in Mexico by the Patrón Spirits Company. Patrón brand tequila are offered in nine different varieties. Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Platinum, Gran Patrón Piedra, Patrón Silver, Patrón Añejo, and Patrón Reposado. It is also available in a tequila-coffee blend known as Patrón XO Cafe, a tequila-chocolate-coffee blend known as Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, and an orange liqueur known as Patrón Citrónge. Patron tequilas, like all tequilas, are made from the "piña" of the blue agave plant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patron

    pā′trun, n. a protector: one who countenances or encourages: one who has the right to appoint to any office, esp. to a living in the church: a guardian saint:—fem. Pā′troness.—v.t. to treat as a patron.—n. Pā′tronage, the support given by a patron: guardianship of saints: the right of bestowing offices, privileges, or church benefices.—v.t. (Shak.) to support.—adj. Pā′tronal.—n. Pātronisā′tion.—v.t. Pā′tronīse, to act as a patron toward: to give countenance or encouragement to: to assume the air of a patron towards.—n. Pā′tronīser.—adj. Pā′tronīsing.—adv. Pā′tronīsingly.—adj. Pā′tronless. [Fr.,—L. patronuspater, patris, a father.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. patron

    The master of a merchant vessel or coaster in the Mediterranean. Also, a cartridge-box, temp. Elizabeth.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patron is ranked #16407 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Patron surname appeared 1,754 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Patron.

    61.9% or 1,087 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    19.2% or 337 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 167 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.6% or 134 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patron' in Nouns Frequency: #2705

Anagrams for patron »

  1. parton

  2. tarpon

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patron in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of patron in a Sentence

  1. John McCain:

    But I have to tell you ... the power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career. All I can do is appeal to the patron saint of lost causes and keep pressing and pressing and sooner or later you have to succeed.

  2. John McCain:

    It's one of these things you just propose amendments to bills and encourage hearings and sooner or later the dam breaks, but I have to tell you ... the power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career. All I can do is appeal to the patron saint of lost causes and keep pressing and pressing and sooner or later you have to succeed.

  3. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia:

    My brilliant Daddy!…1000000 times kiss your feet and hands and bow to you. Loving you. Your faithful daughter 13-year-old lass, first name Nastasya (Shvybzik), last name A.N.R.P.K.Z.S.G. Patron of the Popskiy, Atamanskiy (Chieftains) Regiment. Artichokes, ‘artechokes’ and ‘elmond’-trees and ‘elmond’-trees. Never grow on the nose never grow on the nose I wish they did I wish they did (thrice and more).

  4. Paul Wiener:

    I like to think of my best moment on the job as quiet victories. Victories over what Over the system, over the various bureaucracies not watching me, over my colleagues' indifference, over my patron's ignorance, over the very concept of horn-blowing pride.

  5. Greg Laemmle:

    When a film attracts this kind of hype, there has to be concerns, as long as we’re not being irresponsible in terms of addressing patron safety.

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