Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor.
  • n. A woman who possesses the right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
  • n. A patron saint. See Usage Note at -ess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who sponsors or supports a given activity, person etc.; a female patron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female patron or helper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female patron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron

Etymologies

From Late Latin patronissa, from Classical Latin patrōnus. (Wiktionary)

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