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patron

(Influential supporter), noun advocate, backer, benefactor, champion, defender, endorser, favorer, financer, friend, guardian, helper, influential sponsor, investor, leader, patronus, philanthropist, promoter, sponsor, supporter, upholder

patron

(Regular customer), noun business contact, buyer, client, consultor, consumer, customer, emptor, patronizer, prospective buyer, purchaser, shopper, supporter, vendee
See also: abettor, advocate, backer, benefactor, client, consumer, contributor, counselor, customer, donor, employer, good samaritan, guardian, member, partisan, promoter, proponent, samaritan, sponsor

PATRON, eccl. law. He who has the disposition and gift of an ecclesiastical benefice. In the Roman law it signified the former master of a freedman. Dig. 2, 4, 8, 1.

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This is a great opportunity to celebrate England and its rich history, and we'd like to invite people to come along and show your support for our patron saint this year.
Tony Murray, 65, Seghill: "It's about being proud of our patron saint and celebrating as well as reflecting and remembering our colleagues and friends.
BEIRUT: Lebanon is a meeting place for different sects and religions, said Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Boulos Matar on Sunday at the Sagesse School in Jdeideh, during a mass celebrating the anniversary of its patron saint Saint Maroun.
lt;div class="caption">A figure of the San Gennaro, The Patron Saint of Naples stands behind a window in a storefront along Mulberry Street in New York's "Little Italy" neighborhood during the 80th annual Feast of San Gennaro, September 19, 2007.
Later, King Edward III made him the patron saint of England and dedicated the Order of the Garter to him.
There were literally dozens of British-born Saints with much more going for them who we should venerate as our patron saint.
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That is why she is known as the patron saint of lovers in Wales.
The patron saint of the Americas remains an important symbol.
Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, is getting an image overhaul.
Christopher is the patron saint of the Transportation Corps Regiment and has been associated with Transporters from the earliest times.
Christening Russia's new capital Saint Petersburg, after his patron saint, Peter the Great founded the city in 1703 as a monument to his determination to Europeanize and modernize his quasi-Asiatic realm.