Definitions

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  • adj. Lacking a patron or patrons; unsponsored; unpatronized; unpatroned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of a patron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of a patron.

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

  • adj. having little patronage or few clients

Etymologies

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patron +‎ -less

Examples

  • Syria becomes isolated; Hezbollah and Hamas, patronless.

    Iran: The Biggest Domino - Dan_McLaughlin’s blog - RedState

  • Thus by my talents, honesty, and acuteness, I had, considering I was a poor patronless outcast, raised for myself very powerful protectors.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • The following afternoon he went to the dining car for a meal and found the carriage patronless, the tables flecked with debris from what looked to have been a lively and several-coursed lunch.

    Heaven Lake

  • We have the lamentations of the man without a country, of the friendless wanderer, of the forlorn wife, of the patronless singer, of the wave-tossed mariner; and these laments are always associated with the grand Northern landscapes of which little had been made in ancient literatures:

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • If any wonder that this treatise comes patronless into the world, let such know that dedications begin now-a-days to grow out of fashion.

    Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers.

  • He was poor and patronless then, as he had continued ever since, with slender likelihood of ever possessing L.100 of his own, much less

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 437 Volume 17, New Series, May 15, 1852

  • The story so far: a patronless court functionary turned a man of letters and an Academician among other such handpicked literati writes a lame poem of clear intent but no literary merit that is trashed by the premier literary scholar of his age, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, a man not only of considerable talent, but also of quick and merciless wit.

    Quizzing the Anonymous

  • a poor patronless outcast, raised for myself very powerful protectors.

    Barry Lyndon

  • "So, my friend, you see what our art can do even for the humblest professor, when I, a poor, friendless, patronless artist, can thus indulge myself by forgetting the present.

    The Disowned — Volume 02

  • "A 'things o' religion hae settled into a method that gies the patronless preacher but little chance o 'a kirk.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

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