from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The support or encouragement of a patron, as for an institution or cause.
- n. Support or encouragement proffered in a condescending manner: Our little establishment has finally been deemed worthy of the bank's patronage.
- n. The trade given to a commercial establishment by its customers: Shopkeepers thanked Christmas shoppers for their patronage.
- n. Customers or patrons considered as a group; clientele: The grand old hotel has a loyal but demanding patronage.
- n. The power to distribute or appoint people to governmental or political positions.
- n. The act of distributing or appointing people to such positions.
- n. The positions so distributed or filled.
- n. The right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.
- n. Customers collectively; clientele; business.
- n. A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
- n. Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
- v. To support by being a patron of.
- v. To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work
- n. Business custom.
- n. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
- n. The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
- n. The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
- transitive v. To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To patronize or support; maintain; make good.
- n. The position of or the aid afforded by a patron; the countenance or support of a patron or of patrons: often used in the sense of countenance or favor shown in a patronizing or superciliously condescending way.
- n. Guardianship, as of a saint.
- n. The right of presentation to a church or ecclesiastical benefice.
- n. The control of appointments to positions in the public service; also, the offices so controlled.
- n. In ancient Rome, the relation borne by a patron to his client. See patron, n., 1 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a regular customer or client of
- n. (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
- n. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
- n. the act of providing approval and support
- n. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
- n. customers collectively
- v. support by being a patron of
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The engineer was asked whether by the word patronage he meant money, and after a little laughing and a few counter questions, he admitted that, in his estimation, patronage and money did mean the same thing.
Naming an African-American AG and giving a few women cabinet positions is not what I call a patronage plan.
I feel like if society in general and fans and audiences and artists can all kind of come to an agreement that patronage is a really viable system, that's going to solve a lot of the problems.
Is it about the growing complexity of government or just plain patronage?
Today's patronage is tomorrow's art history, be it the church and royalty in the Middle Ages, the railroad tycoons in the late nineteenth century or socially responsible confectioners today.
Accepting a system where billions of dollars disappear in patronage jobs is rationalizing theft from children.
After his death, his friend Thomas Inskip published an anecdote that is tellingly revealing about the changes in patronage relationships and their effect on Bloomfield:
Chris Christie seized control of a sewerage authority that he described as a patronage pit, suspending six commissioners without pay and demanding their resignations.
Services are very inexpensive and appreciation for your patronage is shown with a smile, a simultaneous head nod, crested with the cupping of the hands to their lips.
The first step on that road is prying the existing airport and its patronage from the hands of the Political Class.