American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A saint who is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, or person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (R. C. Ch.) a saint regarded as the peculiar protector of a country, community, church, profession, etc., or of an individual.
- n. a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation
“She promised to pray for me, then suggested I say special prayers to St. Anthony, the patron saint of all things lost.”
“He is the patron saint of coppersmiths, and is invoked against witchcraft.”
“He became the patron saint of children; presents were given them on his feast day, and he evolved into the person of Santa Claus from the Dutch Sinte Klaas, dialect for St. Nicholas.”
“Since breasts and bells have a certain similarity of shape, St. Agatha was named the patron saint of bell ringers.”
““Marisela Cordes, patron saint of glam,” I scoffed.”
“He is the patron saint of archers and soldiers and of pin-makers and potters.”
“He is the patron saint of bakers, butchers, and clock-makers.”
“He is the patron saint of architects, carpenters, and geometricians.”
“A bunch of keys hanging from a belt is an attribute of St. Martha, patron saint of good housekeeping.”
“Attribute of St. Crispin, patron saint of shoemakers and leather workers.”
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