• Patron

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

Frequenter, Sponsor, Supporter,

• Patronage

  1. (n.) The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
  2. (n.) Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
  3. (v. t.) To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
  4. (n.) Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.
  5. (n.) Business custom.
  6. (n.) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.

Backing, Business, Championship, Clientele, Condescension, Disdain, Patronize, Support, Trade,

• Patronymic

  1. (n.) A modification of the fathers name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; as, Pelides, the son of Peleus; Johnson, the son of John; Macdonald, the son of Donald; Paulowitz, the son of Paul; also, the surname of a family; the family name.
  2. (a.) Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.