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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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