• WordNet 3.6
    • v patronage be a regular customer or client of "We patronize this store","Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
    • v patronage support by being a patron of
    • n patronage the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
    • n patronage (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
    • n patronage the act of providing approval and support "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
    • n patronage a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    • n patronage customers collectively "they have an upper class clientele"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Patronage Business custom.
    • Patronage Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
    • Patronage 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.
    • Patronage The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
    • Patronage (Eng. Law) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
    • v. t Patronage To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patronage The position of or the aid afforded by a patron; the countenance or support of a patron or of patrons: often used in the sense of countenance or favor shown in a patronizing or superciliously condescending way.
    • n patronage Guardianship, as of a saint.
    • n patronage The right of presentation to a church or ecclesiastical benefice. Ecclesiastical patronage is restricted to endowed and established churches. It was abolished in the Church of Scotland in 1874, but still prevails almost universally iu the Church of England.
    • n patronage The control of appointments to positions in the public service; also, the offices so controlled.
    • patronage To patronize or support; maintain; make good.
    • n patronage In ancient Rome, the relation borne by a patron to his client. See patron, n., 1 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patronage the support given by a patron: guardianship of saints: the right of bestowing offices, privileges, or church benefices
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  • Eliza Farnham
    Eliza Farnham
    “Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.”
  • John Howe
    John Howe
    “Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. patronage,. Cf. LL. patronaticum, and L. patronatus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. patronuspater, patris, a father.


In literature:

The advance of age, and tardy pace of the public patronage, may probably spare me the pain of witnessing consequences.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Such a body if not absolutely dependent on royal patronage has at least much to gain from it.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
As for contemporary art, official patronage is the surest method of encouraging in it all that is most stupid and pernicious.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Meanwhile we have souls above cheese-cakes, and don't choose to bear my lady's patronage.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
The patronage of Montmorency greatly encouraged Champlain, for the duke exercised great power.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
Under his judicious patronage the muses made Rome their capital seat.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
If there is a deviation from this rule, it is on the score of patronage.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
He felt as if he were the greenest innkeeper who ever invited the patronage of city guests.
"A Court of Inquiry" by Grace S. Richmond
His patronage is confined mostly to white people.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
His manner toward them was one of unaffected interest and friendliness, and was entirely free from patronage or condescension.
"The Story of Porcelain" by Sara Ware Bassett

In poetry:

What's friendship? The hangover's faction,
The gratis talk of outrage,
Exchange by vanity, inaction,
Or bitter shame of patronage.
"Friendship" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Make me, O Lord! without the least delay,
My soul and body on thy altar lay,
And earnestly, until my latest hour,
Thy mercy and thy patronage implore.
"A Prayer To Direct A Sick Man What Things Are Most Necessary For Him To Ask, And To Meditate Upon, I" by Rees Prichard
Is there room for the poet, ye senators grave?
Ye orators, statesmen and law-makers, say;
May he of the calling so gentle e'er crave
Your patronage, and of your kindness a ray?
"Is There Room For The Poet?" by Thomas Frederick Young
He's going to send some goods to the World's Fair,
And I hope of patronage he will get the biggest share;
Because his Tweed cloth is the best I ever did see,
In the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and ninety-three.
"Lines in Praise of Mr. J. Graham Henderson, Hawick" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Attorney warns of possible abuse, patronage.
CHAPEL HILL — After 16 years in business, Songbird Station, a wild bird and nature store, is holding an anniversary celebration to thank its customers for their patronage through the years.
Saxony's Minister-President Tillich assumes patronage of SEMICON Europa 2011.
Patronage flow unabated at Water Authority.
Rendell with a well-publicized set of new rules designed to reduce patronage and insider-dealing and improve transparency and public accountability .
The Postmaster General was a member of the President's Cabinet and handled political patronage.
A brief history of artistic patronage.
The diner enjoys a steady patronage, but business really picks up on Saturdays during the Penn State football season in Happy Valley, "to say the least," Lopez said.
Why North Korea Can't Count on China's Patronage Forever .
Heaney asked "What do you say to people who say this is really a blatent political patronage hire ".
Hewlett-Packard has joined the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) as its first Platinum Patron , the highest patronage level SGP is an organization within the printing industry aimed at promoting environmental responsibility.
You'd think a good product selection, knowledgeable sales staff and quality customer service would be enough to earn their patronage.
Gaddafi drew global condemnation for many years because of his decades-long patronage of terrorist groups.
Music mogul Quincy Jones was honored Tuesday evening at the 2012 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards Ceremony at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

In science:

This work was partly done in April 2006 during a visit by all three authors to the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics whose hospitality and patronage are gratefully acknowledged.
Wahl's conjecture holds in odd characteristics for symplectic and orthogonal Grassmannians