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patron saint

noun
a saint regarded as the special guardian of a person, group, trade, country, etc.

Origin:
1710–20

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patron saint
 
n
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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