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patrón

[pah-trawn] /pɑˈtrɔn/
noun, plural patrones
[pah-traw-nes] /pɑˈtrɔ nɛs/ (Show IPA).
Spanish.
1.
(in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.
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British Dictionary definitions for patrón

patron1

/ˈpeɪtrən/
noun
1.
a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
2.
a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
3.
4.
(in ancient Rome) the protector of a dependant or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him
5.
(Christianity) a person or body having the right to present a clergyman to a benefice
Derived Forms
patronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl) adjective
patronly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin patrōnus protector, from pater father

patron2

/patrɔ̃/
noun
1.
a man, who owns or manages a hotel, restaurant, or bar

patron3

/ˈpætərn/
noun
1.
(Irish) a variant spelling of pattern2
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Word Origin and History for patrón

patron

n.

"a lord-master, a protector," c.1300, from Old French patron "patron, protector, patron saint" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin patronus "patron saint, bestower of a benefice, lord, master, model, pattern," from Latin patronus "defender, protector, former master (of a freed slave); advocate," from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)). Meaning "one who advances the cause" (of an artist, institution, etc.), usually by the person's wealth and power, is attested from late 14c.; "commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery" [Johnson]. Commercial sense of "regular customer" first recorded c.1600. Patron saint (1717) originally was simply patron (late 14c.).

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