American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female patron.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A female patron or helper.
- n. a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
- From Late Latin patronissa, from Classical Latin patrōnus. (Wiktionary)
“Eustace smiled meekly, but answered somewhat venomously nevertheless — “I, at least, am certain that I speak the truth, when I call my patroness a virgin undefiled.””
“I, at least, am certain that I speak the truth, when I call my patroness a virgin undefiled.”
“I agree that the patroness was a little too convenient and failed to show any actual persuasion on the part of Caffrey, but it was an easy fix that we all knew was coming.”
“St. Lucy is populary know as the patroness of eye ailments.”
“His relationship with his patroness was a comfortable and easy one, and he did not hesitate to ask directly, "Will he indeed find the gentlewoman he's seeking at Elford?”
The Confession of Brother Haluin
“One of her new acquaintances was Mrs. Rayner Mann, a lady who desired to be known as the patroness of young people aiming at success on the stage or as musicians.”
“Nay, but first, he said, they must give their mites for a convent of the Clarisses, that was building at Castres, by the care of the holy Colette, whom he might call his patroness, unworthy as he was.”
“Now of these races, the British (I avoid the word Celtic, because you would expect me to say Keltic; and I don't mean to, lest you should be wanting me next to call the patroness of music St. Kekilia), the”
“German _Life of S. Dorothea_, the so-called patroness of Prussia?”
“My patroness is the Goddess Hecate, goddess of the crossroads on cold, windy nights when things go suddenly liminal and change is already flowing across the boundary between what couldn't be and what might become.”
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