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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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Whilst I would welcome the news of an additional bank holiday in Wales on Saint David's Day, I have no inclination to celebrate the patron saints of foreign nations, and wholeheartedly reject these suggestions, as an attempt at homogenising our individual national identities.
Gummarus' story is not particularly clear about why he became the patron saint of woodcutters.
In 1668, the patron saint was beatified by Pope Clement IX and made a patron of Lima.
Davey Armstrong, 68, Monkseaton: "It means a lot because he's the patron saint of England and also of the forces so that's worth celebrating.
The English Heritage poll showed just 19 per cent of adults planned to stage events for England's patron saint.
The final section of the book explains how George was adopted as a patron saint by Crusaders in the eleventh century and eventually patron saint of England.
The fireworks were set to be used in a ceremony honoring Jesus Tepactepec, patron saint of a village named after him in the municipality of Nativitas.
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.
Later, King Edward III made him the patron saint of England and dedicated the Order of the Garter to him.
Robin1: I have never seen the big deal about supporting a saint born in the Middle East, whose main claim to fame (fighting the dragon was a fairy tale) is being the English Patron Saint.
Saint Patrick's Day (named for the Patron Saint of Ireland)--As we can't call it Lucky Leprechaun Day because that may offend some short people who are neither lucky nor affiliated with Leprechauns, and as the politically correct would be against alcohol usage being associated with Irishmen (okay, Irish people), which rules out "Irish Pub Day," and as the only thing the politically correct really seem to like about the day is all the green color that goes with it, we'll change the holiday to "Bring a Shrub to Work Day.
The patron saint of Welsh lovers is Santes Dwynwen.