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Definition of patron:

  1. A guardian saint. - called also patron saint.
  2. A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself.
  3. A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him.
  4. An advocate or pleader.
  5. Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary.
  6. One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art.
  7. One who has gift and disposition of a benefice.
  8. One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender.
  9. See Padrone, 2.
  10. To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor.

Synonyms:

presenter, athletic supporter, booster, admirer, champion, sponsor, jock, benefactress, help, jockstrap, backer, suspensor, ally, supporter, defender, friend, sympathizer, angel, philanthropist, employer, frequenter, partisan, advocate, leader, garter, guide, protagonist, assistant, purchaser, enemy.

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