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Patron (n.) One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender.
Patron (n.) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him.
Patron (n.) A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself.
Patron (n.) An advocate or pleader.
Patron (n.) One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art.
Patron (n.) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice.
Patron (n.) A guardian saint. -- called also patron saint.
Patron (n.) See Padrone, 2.
Patron (v. t.) To be a patron of; to patronize; to favor.
Patron (a.) Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary.