A decaying statue of St. Lucia, patron saint of the blind, holds a platter with two eyes.
Sarah, Duchess of York is patron of the Oslo Freedom Forum.
America attacked Vietnam, though its patron had a thousand bombs.
Miles has acted so inconsiderately that he has become almost holy: the patron saint of bad guests.
But Palin received her outfits from her patron since she couldn't afford them herself, nor could her husband pay for them.
I owe the spirit of my patron this man's blood, and I shall pay the debt.
But the patron is a friend of mine; he will do his very best for you after what I have written.'
Dora: I won't be put in statistics, even if it is Christmas and you are the patron saint.
Napoleon was neither boy nor man, patron, king, nor pope; he was Napoleon!
I contemplated the proceedings of my patron with the deepest astonishment.
"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.).