• WordNet 3.6
    • n patron a regular customer
    • n patron someone who supports or champions something
    • n patron the proprietor of an inn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of chess-players
    • Patron A guardian saint. -- called also patron saint.
    • Patron (Rom. Antiq) A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself.
    • Patron (Rom. Antiq) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him.
    • Patron (Rom. Antiq) An advocate or pleader.
    • a Patron Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary.
    • Patron One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art.
    • Patron (Eccl. Law) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice.
    • Patron One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender. "Patron of my life and liberty.""The patron of true holiness."
    • Patron (Naut) See Padrone, 2.
    • v. t Patron To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n patron One who holds a relation of superiority and service analogous to that of a father; hence, a protector.
    • n patron Specifically— Among the Romans, a master who had freed his slave, or a father who had emancipated his child, and retained some rights over him after his emancipation—those who succeeded to the master or father, as the case might be, usually becoming the patrons in his place.
    • n patron A Roman of distinction under whose protection auother, called the client, placed himself.
    • n patron In Greek antiquity, an advocate or pleader; a guardian; an official or legal intermediary.
    • n patron One who protects, countenances, supports, or encourages a person or a work; an encourager, protector, or favorer: as, a patron of the fine arts.
    • n patron A special guardian or protector; a saint whose special care is invoked, and who is regarded as a special guardian: as, St. Crispin, the patron (or patron saint) of shoemakers.
    • n patron Eccles., one who has the right to present a clergyman to an ecclesiastical living, or to other preferment; the person who has the gift and disposition of a benefice.
    • n patron A master; a host or landlord.
    • n patron The master or captain of a galley or other vessel; the officer in command of a ship.
    • n patron A cartridge-case, a small cylinder of leather, wood, or metal: same as bandoleer, 3; by extension, a larger case for holding several cartridges.
    • n patron A pattern; a model; an example. See pattern.
    • patron Chosen as patron; supposed to act as patron; tutelary: as, a patron saint.
    • patron To treat, conduct, or manage as a patron; patronize.
    • n patron The festival held on a saint's day.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.
    • n Patron pā′trun a protector: one who countenances or encourages: one who has the right to appoint to any office, esp. to a living in the church: a guardian saint
    • v.t Patron to treat as a patron
    • v.t Patron (Shak.) to support
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, toil, envy, want, and patron.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, for we that live to please, must please to live.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. patronus, fr. pater, a father. See Paternal, and cf. Patroon Padrone Pattern


In literature:

O, cried I, in bitterness of spirit, why has John Bull, my revered patron, quitted his city residence?
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
The official title of the Grange is "Patrons of Husbandry," of the members, "Patrons," and of the various divisions, "Granges.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
The priest had been disarmed and had to suit his teaching to the taste of his patrons and congregations.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
The King who had been his patron was the tool of Catherine II and through her of Russia.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
These he marked out as his possible patrons, and accosted them professionally.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
His patron is unknown.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
I do have patrons of that sort.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
This bust had been done by a young sculptor whom he patronized, for the great man's own house.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
And Bill has taken to patronizing me so tremendously that I'd starve rather than ask his help.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
He fed him, clothed him, patronized him.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
First there is Fukoruku Jin the patron of Long Life or Length of Days.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Rubens painted altar-pieces, for the great churches or cathedrals or for the chapels of his patrons.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
This image represents the patron saint, Santiago, beneath whose feet burns night and day a small oil lamp.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Marguerite, the patrons of the duke and duchess.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Black Donald drew another chair up and sat down beside his patron.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Crabbe, amongst his other old-fashioned notions, had a strong belief in the traditional patron.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Charles Bertie, son of Robert, 4th Earl of Lindsey, patron of the benefice of Nether Toynton.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Every extra service to one patron means a deficiency of service to other patrons.
"The Itching Palm" by William R Scott
She was tall, gentle, genial too, and soon a favorite with her many, many patrons.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
His patrons, and what he did for them.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton

In poetry:

I put it up that famous day
You patronized the ballet,
And the public cheered you such a way
As shook your native valley.
"To Maecenas" by Eugene Field
Again with patrons and with friends she roves;
But friends and patrons never to return;
She sees the Nymphs, the Graces, and the Loves,
But sees them weeping o'er Lucinda's urn.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
Too proud with servile tone to deign address;
Too mean to think that honours are my due;
Yet should some patron yield my stores to bless,
I sure should deem my boundless thanks were few.
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
She spake so low he hardly heard her speak,
But like a mighty patron, satisfied
With what himself had done so graciously,
Assumed that she had thanked him, adding, 'Yea,
Eat and be glad, for I account you mine.'
"Geraint And Enid" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
His patron died; much us'd to bless,
And left the pulpit in distress.
Then poverty, with awful pace,
Advanc'd, and star'd him in the face.
His aunt must give him, in retreat,
That bread which she herself could eat.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
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:

Chronicle/Federico Martinez Harold and Brian Wright of Rite-Way Communications, 60 E Broadway, Muskegon Heights, known to patrons as "Harold's House of Music".
Victoria Perez, Exotic Dancer, Half-Blinds Strip Club Patron with High-Heeled Shoe, Police Say.
Shively represented school patrons in the Etna Township district.
Drivers were holding their breath this week, saying silent prayers to St Christopher (patron saint of travelers), as they cautiously waded through high water.
(HOST) You might say that gardening is a pretty down-to-earth activity, but commentator Ron Krupp says that this coming Tuesday gardeners world-wide will observe a day that honors their patron saint.
Henry Ung and Sarah Shaw welcome patrons.
Patrons of the finest Greek goldsmiths, the Scythians commissioned lavish objects for adornment, ceremony and battle.
Through Dec 13, patrons can bring in a new toy or nonperishable food item for each overdue item and have their fine forgiven .
The Fulton School Board will have good news for local patrons Thursday morning.
He is the patron of animals and the environment.
Long-time residents who patronize the city's downtown have some traditional stops when they visit hometown Cape Coral.
Patrons have dinner at The Front Room : A Park Cities Diner on Sept 04, 2012 at the Hotel Lumen in Dallas.
Many fair patrons were wondering why the Umatilla County Fair closed early last Saturday night.
Metro patrons wrapping newspaper around bacteria-ridden poles.
Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900.

In science:

Currently each patron is given a paper map as shown in Figure 4 where they have to figure out which direction they are facing to navigate through the Zoo.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
Por lo tanto, solo se mostrarán patrones muy simples y, a partir de ahí, la mayor parte de la inteligencia medida vendrá a partir de entornos con un K ba jo.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Primero, algunos de los patrones que han aparecido en muchos de los ejercicios complejos, han sido considerados muy difíciles por los humanos.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Eligiendo una distribución universal se da mayor probabilidad a entornos muy simples con patrones muy simples, pero lo que es más importante, hace que cualquier tipo de interacción más ‘rica’ sea imposible incluso en entornos con una alta complejidad Kolmogorov.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Una ventana de m bits es usada para buscar un patr´on espec´ıfico de m bits.
Aut\'omatas celulares elementales aplicados a la encriptaci\'on de datos
Esta prueba mide la frecuencia de todos los posibles patrones de m bits acumulados a trav´es de la secuencia completa.
Aut\'omatas celulares elementales aplicados a la encriptaci\'on de datos
Este sistema puede almacenar informaci´on, en forma de patrones o configuraciones concretas de neuronas activas e inactivas, en los pesos sin´apticos; es decir, en la intensidad con la que la actividad de una neurona influye sobre sus vecinas.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Pentelic mountain, solid rock in the city of the goddess Athena, patron of wisdom.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Recent proposed experiments by Garc´ıa-Patr´on S´anchez et al. and Nha and Carmichael show promise of being genuinely free from such problems.
Homodyne detection and parametric down-conversion: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
Recent proposed experiments by Garc´ıa-Patr´on et al and Nha and Carmichael show promise of being genuinely free from such problems.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
For further explanation, see main text. (Reprinted with permission from Garc´ıa-Patr´on et al., Phys.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
Far from being, as suggested by Garc´ıa-Patr´on and others, the “hidden variable” needed, it plays no part whatsoever.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
The experimental set-up proposed by Garc´ıa-Patr´on et al. is shown in Fig. 1, that of Nha and Carmichael being similar.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
As regards the possibility of any difference in frequency between the test beam and the master laser, the preliminary experiments for the Garc´ıa-Patr´on proposal , using just one output beam may already be sufficient to show that the interference is stronger than would then be the case.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
In the proposed Bell test of Garc´ıa-Patr´on et al. , positive voltage differences will be treated as +1, negative as –1.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests