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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.