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patron saint

noun
1.
a saint regarded as the special guardian of a person, group, trade, country, etc.
Origin of patron saint
1710-1720
1710-20
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  • Dora: I won't be put in statistics, even if it is Christmas and you are the patron saint.

    Christmas Entertainments Alice Maude Kellogg
  • I began to thank my patron saint that the Snake River was crossed.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • She did not add "my patron saint," but Max remembered, and was grateful.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • He was the patron saint of Cortez, as he was also of the Thames watermen.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • Here a highly popular fair was held every year on the feast day of the patron saint of the Abbey.

British Dictionary definitions for patron saint

patron saint

noun
1.
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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