from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female patron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A female patron or helper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron


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From Late Latin patronissa, from Classical Latin patrōnus.



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