patroness

[pey-truh-nis]
noun
a woman who protects, supports, or sponsors someone or something.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English patronesse female patron saint < Old French

subpatroness, noun


See -ess.
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patroness (ˈpeɪtrənˌɛs)
 
n
1.  a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
2.  See patron saint
 
[see patron]
 
patronal
 
adj
 
'patronly
 
adj

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She is held as a patroness of health and fertility and of bees and bee-keepers.
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