from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Maecenas, Gaius 70?-8 B.C. Roman politician and patron of Horace and Virgil.
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- n. A generous benefactor; specifically, a patron of literature or art.
From Middle French mecenas, and its source, Latin Maecēnās ("literary patron"), from the name of Gaius Maecenas, Roman statesman and patron of Horace and Virgil. (Wiktionary)