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patroness

[pey-truh-nis] /ˈpeɪ trə nɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who protects, supports, or sponsors someone or something.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English patronesse female patron saint < Old French
Related forms
subpatroness, noun
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for patronesses

patroness

/ˈpeɪtrənˌɛs/
noun
1.
a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
2.
Derived Forms
patronal (pəˈtrəʊnəl) adjective
patronly, adjective
Word Origin
see patron
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Word Origin and History for patronesses

patroness

n.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin patronissa, fem. of patronus "protector, defender" (see patron).

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