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.

Definitions of patron
  1. noun
    someone who supports or champions something
    synonyms: sponsor, supporter
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    angel, backer
    invests in a theatrical production
    someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
    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
    any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
    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)
  2. noun
    a regular customer
    synonyms: frequenter
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    a patron of the opera
    fixture, habitue, regular
    a regular patron
    type of:
    client, customer
    someone who pays for goods or services
  3. noun
    the proprietor of an inn
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    boniface, host, innkeeper
    the owner or manager of an inn
    a woman innkeeper
    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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