What does patronage mean?

Definitions for patronageˈpeɪ trə nɪdʒ, ˈpæ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word patronage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backing, backup, championship, patronage(noun)

    the act of providing approval and support

    "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"

  2. clientele, patronage, business(noun)

    customers collectively

    "they have an upper class clientele"

  3. condescension, disdain, patronage(noun)

    a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

  4. patronage(noun)

    (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support

  5. trade, patronage(verb)

    the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

    "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"

  6. patronage(verb)

    support by being a patron of

  7. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep going(verb)

    be a regular customer or client of

    "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"


  1. patronage(Noun)

    The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.

    His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.

  2. patronage(Noun)

    Customers collectively; clientele; business.

    The restaurant had an upper class patronage.

  3. patronage(Noun)

    A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.

  4. patronage(Noun)

    Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.

  5. patronage(Noun)

    The people who ride a form of transportation. i.e. The customers or clientele of that form of transportation. Synonym of ridership.

  6. patronage(Verb)

    To support by being a patron of.

  7. patronage(Verb)

    To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patronage(noun)

    special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author

  2. Patronage(noun)

    business custom

  3. Patronage(noun)

    guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care

  4. Patronage(noun)

    the right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor

  5. Patronage(noun)

    the right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson

  6. Patronage(verb)

    to act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend

  7. Origin: [F. patronage. Cf. LL. patronaticum, and L. patronatus.]


  1. Patronage

    Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings or popes have provided to musicians, painters, and sculptors. It can also refer to the right of bestowing offices or church benefices, the business given to a store by a regular customer, and the guardianship of saints. The word "patron" derives from the Latin patronus, "patron," one who gives benefits to his clients. In some countries the term is used to describe political patronage, which is the use of state resources to reward individuals for their electoral support. Some patronage systems are legal, as in the Canadian tradition of the Prime Minister to appoint senators and the heads of a number of commissions and agencies; in many cases, these appointments go to people who have supported the political party of the Prime Minister. As well, the term may refer to a type of corruption or favoritism in which a party in power rewards groups, families, ethnicities for their electoral support using illegal gifts or fraudulently awarded appointments or government contracts.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patronage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patronage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sebastian Strangio:

    A mix of populist appeal and strongman threats, sweetened with a dollop of political patronage.

  2. The US President:

    I am ready to meet the Prime Minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump.

  3. Michael Madden:

    Kim Jong Un has been very good actually about promoting people that didn’t have the traditional patronage ties.

  4. John Howe:

    Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.

  5. Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser:

    The unpredictable nature of paramilitary group patronage will most likely remain a significant obstacle to the GNA’s efforts to establish sovereignty.

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Translations for patronage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • رعايةArabic
  • schirmherrschaftGerman
  • πελατεία, πατρονάρισμαGreek
  • clientelaSpanish
  • asiakaskunta, alentuvuus, tukeminen, asiakkaat, kannattaminen, holhoaminenFinnish
  • soutien, clientèle, clientélismeFrench
  • संरक्षणHindi
  • pártfogás, patronázs, vevőkörHungarian
  • mecenato, patronatoPortuguese

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