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[puh-troon] /pəˈtrun/
a person who held an estate in land with certain manorial privileges granted under the old Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
Origin of patroon
1655-65; < Dutch < French < Latin patrōnus. See patron, -oon
Related forms
patroonship, noun Unabridged
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  • No, there was no Ormond in him; he was all Varick, all Dutch, all patroon.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • And then there was our dispute at Albany--in the patroon's mansion, you will recall.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Upon the death of his father, Billy went to England to see the world and rub off a little of the patroon rust.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • The patroon gazed in seeming carelessness from the soldier to the young girl.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Your patroon is gone with your niece, and a pleasant passage they are likely to enjoy, in such company!

  • “If I am not mistaken, yonder is our divinity of the lane,” said the patroon softly.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • By the people in the neighbourhood, the house of the old General Van Rensselaer is always called the manor of the patroon.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • “Perhaps I can make a cast for you,” cried the patroon eagerly.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • M., centering at Ft. Orange, over which he was given the feudal powers of a patroon.

  • The patroon of Rensselaerswyck drank a flask of camphor to forget his Jane.

British Dictionary definitions for patroon


(in the US) a Dutch land-holder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era
Derived Forms
patroonship, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch: patron1
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Word Origin and History for patroon

1660s, variant of patron used in foreign contexts, from Dutch patroon (a French loan-word) or French patron "master, patron," from Old French (see patron; also cf. -oon); used from 1758 in parts of New York and New Jersey colonies for "landholder," especially one with certain manorial privileges (abolished c.1850) under the old Dutch governments by the charter of 1629.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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