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  • n. Plural form of patroness.


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  • We must render justice to the two titled patronesses by saying that the immediate admission of Mademoiselle de Vermont to their circle seemed to them the least they could do, and that they greeted her appearance, as she entered on the arm of the Duke, with a sympathetic murmur which put the final stroke to the exasperation of the two malicious dames.

    Zibeline — Complete

  • My 'patronesses' are, of course, too charitable to believe this.


  • "It is the unanimous opinion of my 'patronesses' (and the opinion of


  • "But Mrs. John Henry Hammond, of No. 9 East Ninety-first street, one of the patronesses of the Three Arts Club, told me to keep my cup because she would finance my trip."

    Lance Mannion:

  • I couldn't do it without their support and the support of all my friends and family who have been patrons, patronesses, and just plain great.

    Eric Angevine: Women Making Inroads to Professional Baseball

  • As one of the patronesses of the Order of Preachers, Mary Magdalen is often styled “the First Preacher,” “the Apostle to the Apostles.”

    Running ahead of the Lord

  • Rich dowagers often have a permanent traveling court of charming international types who exert influence over what pictures and houses their patronesses buy, what decorators they use, and where they spend which season.

    THE HOMOSEXUAL IN AMERICA | clusterflock

  • The patronesses of those establishments, albeit so loftily inscrutable, being as nicely weighed and measured there as any other article of the stock – in – trade, are perfectly understood in this new fashion by the rawest hand behind the counter.

    Bleak House

  • As a rule, the elderly spinsters are their patronesses, not without comment.

    The Deserted Woman

  • This is especially apparent when Tracy offers Connor the use of a country house for private writing, and he rejects her by saying that the concept of wealthy patronesses has gone out of style.

    Archive 2007-12-01


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