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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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The patron of The Young Amelia proposed as a place of landing the Island of Monte Cristo, which being completely deserted, and having neither soldiers nor revenue officers, seemed to have been placed in the midst of the ocean since the time of the heathen Olympus by Mercury, the god of merchants and robbers, classes of mankind which we in modern times have separated if not made distinct, but which antiquity appears to have included in the same category.
The consummate art with which his patron had led him to this point, and managed the whole conversation, perfectly baffled him.
And don't,' said his patron, with an air of the very kindest patronage, 'don't be at all downcast or uneasy respecting that little rashness we have been speaking of.
rejoined his patron, looking at him through his glass; 'and immensely clever?
Hugh truckled before the hidden meaning of these words as much as such a being could, and crept out of the door so submissively and subserviently--with an air, in short, so different from that with which he had entered--that his patron on being left alone, smiled more than ever.
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced further options to help federal community pasture patrons assume operation of their community pasture.
Patrons had a chance to chat with curatorial staff about the stunning installion in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, which features objects that range from Pre-Columbian clothing to haute couture.
Summary: DUBAI - Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council was honored by the Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards as the "Distinguished Patron of the Arts", the highest category of the Awards, at an award-giving ceremony in Dubai.
Powered by Bowker PubTrack Consumer, the Patron Profiles publications focus on library patrons and ebook usage; mobile devices, mobile content, and library apps; library websites and virtual services; and media consumption and library use.
The patrons of the arts, who have helped strengthen Dubai's cultural sector, will take centre stage at the second edition of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards.
The way things look, El Patron should have no trouble attracting plenty of patrons.
But the daring acts, the sometimes make-shift arenas and exotic animal acts pose significant liabilities to entertainers and patrons.