Definitions

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  • noun A generous benefactor; specifically, a patron of literature or art.

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

  • Not long after that, the Romans arrive to escort Arcturus to a hidden forbidden temple where Maecenas is dead looking like a ghastly imitation of Mithras slaying the bull.

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  • She delays "Maecenas" too much and gives it an emphasis far from the subtlety of the original it is also centered on the page, but at least has it, unlike Day Lewis.

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  • She delays "Maecenas" too much and gives it an emphasis far from the subtlety of the original it is also centered on the page, but at least has it, unlike Day Lewis.

    C. Day Lewis, Virgil's Georgics

  • Octavian’s response to the terms Maecenas brought him was very different.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Octavian’s response to the terms Maecenas brought him was very different.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • He misspelled "Maecenas," which means a cultural benefactor.

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  • He misspelled "Maecenas," which means a cultural benefactor.

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  • He misspelled "Maecenas," which means a cultural benefactor.

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  • Twelve-year-old Tim Ruiter of Centreville, Va., matched Kavya word-for-word until he misspelled "Maecenas," which means a cultural benefactor.

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  • He misspelled "Maecenas," which means a cultural benefactor.

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  • In Russian and Slovene and, I expect, many other languages this name has become a common noun referring to a patron of the arts, especially someone who supports a particular artist, writer, or art institution.

    January 5, 2012