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Pronunciation: (pā'trun), [key]
1. a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, esp. a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
2. a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
3. a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
4. See patron saint.
5. Rom. Hist. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
6. Eccles.a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.


Pronunciation: (pä-trôn') [key]
pl. -tron•esPronunciation: (-trô'nes). [key]
(in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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