patron saint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n patron saint a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of chess-players
    • Patron saint (R. C. Ch) a saint regarded as the peculiar protector of a country, community, church, profession, etc., or of an individual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The patron saint of dentists is St. Apollonia. She reportedly had her teeth pulled out in 249 AD by an anti-Christian mob.
    • Patron saint a saint who is regarded as a protector, as St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland, St Patrick of Ireland, St David of Wales, St Denis of France, St James of Spain, St Nicholas of Russia, St Stephen of Hungary, St Mark of Venice, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sanctus, holy.

Usage

In literature:

May St. James, the patron saint of pilgrims, protect thee!
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
The man started at sight of the fierce-looking stranger and began to appeal to his patron saint.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
Piran, the patron saint of tinners, would hardly have called down such a curse, though he might have done so if greatly provoked.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Personally I do not admit that the men who served patrons were freer than those who served patron saints.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
He is regarded as the patron saint of Austria.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The New Patron Saint of Amiens.
"Notes and Queries, Number 227, March 4, 1854" by Various
In some forms of Christianity the function of protection is assigned to patron saints.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
His pictures, his relics, are venerated as with the devotion paid to a patron saint.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
The calm was still unbroken when the next day dawned, the twenty-fifth day of the month sacred to St. James, the patron saint of Spain.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
If St. Christopher was not exactly the patron saint of prisoners, he was the kindliest saint to carve on a dungeon wall.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
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In poetry:

Say, shall I to you Flemish church,
And at a Popish altar kneel?
Oh, do not leave me in the lurch,—
I'll cry, ye patron-saints of Lille!
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Shamrock! may our hearts entwine,
And meet in one, as it, tho' three;
And may your patron Saint, and mine,
Our patron saint forever be.
"St. Patrick's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young
How did she get there? What strange spell
Kept her two hundred years so well,
Free from decay and mortal taint?
What but the prayers of a patron saint!
"The Lost Galleon" by Francis Bret Harte
Such is the legend. Hear this truth:
Over the trackless past, somewhere,
Lie the lost days of our tropic youth,
Only regained by faith and prayer,
Only recalled by prayer and plaint:
Each lost day has its patron saint!
"The Lost Galleon" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Talkin' Patron Saint Housing Blues.
Jean Griffith, Seattle's Patron Saint of Pottery.
Glacier's ' patron saint ' of hiking dies Park guru collapses during climb.
Honoring Wired's Patron Saint .
Civil Rights ' Patron Saint ' Comes to Brooklyn.
Although Jeanne Sinquefield and her husband Rex might not be patrons in quite the same sense, they have become something like patron saints to a score of budding composers throughout the state.
Today in England alone there are over four hundred churches dedicated to St Nicholas , the patron saint of many countries and cities, including Russia, Greece, Sicily, and Lorraine.
Patrick's Day is the feast day St Patrick , patron saint of Ireland.
On March 17th, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
He is now the patron saint of brewers and his statue can be seen in Prague.
Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.
The event was in honor of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of all animals.
Mark Moran / The Citizens' Voice Kingston resident Cecilia Galante holds a copy of her book, 'The Patron Saint of Butterflies.'.
MEMPHIS — In Mary V Relling's office in St Jude Children's Research Hospital sits a small ceramic statue of St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of impossible causes.
Now you know why Walt Disney is the patron saint of the Sunshine State.
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