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patron saint

a saint regarded as the special guardian of a person, group, trade, country, etc.
Origin of patron saint
1710-20 Unabridged
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  • For this reason, he has become known as the patron saint of stress relief.
  • It seems oddly fitting for a people who are perpetual outsiders that even their patron saint is an interloper.
  • patron saint days may be seen as more important than birthdays.
  • Many cities and towns also celebrate their patron saint's day.
British Dictionary definitions for patron saint

patron saint

a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc
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patron saint definition

A saint from whom a person or group claims special protection or prayers. Saint Christopher, for example, is considered the patron of travelers; Saint Luke, the patron of doctors; and Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland. People who have the same name as a saint may consider the saint their patron. The honoring of patron saints is especially common in the Roman Catholic Church.

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