• WordNet 3.6
    • n patroness a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Patroness A female patron or helper. "Night, best patroness of grief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patroness A female patron.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. patronnesse,


In literature:

She gave her patroness a look of merriment and derision, in which there was something tender and sweet.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Rogers said that he thought Allen's firing up in defence of his patroness the best thing that he has seen in him.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
You had better neglect your relations than run the risk of offending your patroness.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Almack's, Lady patronesses of, 213.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
In the evening the reception given in honor of the Patroness of the farm, was held in the large hall of education and amusement.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
I actually shudder at the idea of the lady-patroness part; besides, whom should one have to reign over?
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
But an old lady, who was a well-known patroness of such entertainments, did not put in an appearance.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
This system of patrons and patronesses under different names is by no means rare.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Her relation to the poet was rather that of patroness than mistress.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain

In poetry:

The olives are as green in grove
As in the days the poets bless,
When Pallas with Poseidon strove
To be the City's Patroness.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The Cossacks thundered at the outer door;
And Father Hyacinth, who, heard the din,
(And thought himself and brethren in distress,
Deserted by their lady patroness)
Did to her statue turn, and thus his woes outpour.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

In the end, Molière is as much about the making of a patroness as it is about the gestation of artistic form, for it's she who eggs on the callow playwright to reinvent comedy as serious business with a powerful moral core.
Patroness of a Catholic church becomes a saint.
The parishioners of Blessed Mary Angela parish in Dunkirk (formerly Saints Hyacinth and Hedwig) were treated to a special presentation on the life of the parish patroness , Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska.
NCL, Inc San Marino Chapter Honors 2012 Patronesses.
Funeral services set for Mary Patros.
Funeral services are set for Mary Patros, former Mrs Oktoberfest and well-known member of the La Crosse community.
Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton will have its annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, Sunday.