patron

A patron supports someone or something. A patron of a business supports the business by being a loyal customer. A patron of the arts helps support starving artists — financially, not with food rations.

The word patron comes from the Latin pater or patr- meaning "father." Think of how a father is supposed to financially support his kids. A patron of the arts is someone who shows his appreciation or support for the arts by donating money to arts organizations. And a patron of the Red Lobster is a frequent customer who can be seen in the same corner booth every Sunday night, noshing on cheddar biscuits.

Primary Meanings of patron

1.
n
someone who supports or champions something
2.
n
the proprietor of an inn
Full Definitions of patron
1

n someone who supports or champions something

Synonyms:
sponsor, supporter
Types:
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angel, backer
invests in a theatrical production
godfather
someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
godparent
a person who sponsors someone (the godchild) at baptism
guarantor, surety, warranter, warrantor
one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
patroness, patronne
a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
pillar of strength, tower of strength
a person who can be relied on to give a great deal of support and comfort
godfather
any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
godmother
any woman who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
Type of:
benefactor, helper
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

n a regular customer

Synonyms:
frequenter
Types:
operagoer
a patron of the opera
fixture, habitue, regular
a regular patron
Type of:
client, customer
someone who pays for goods or services
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n the proprietor of an inn

Types:
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boniface, host, innkeeper
the owner or manager of an inn
hostess
a woman innkeeper
padrone
an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy
victualer, victualler
an innkeeper (especially British)
Type of:
owner, proprietor
(law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business

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