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patron saint definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1717 1. a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated 2. an original leader or prime exemplar

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Patron Pa"tron, n. [F., fr. L. patronus, fr. pater a father. See Paternal, and cf. Patroon, Padrone, Pattern.] 1. One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender. ``Patron of my life and liberty.'' --Shak. ``The patron of true holiness.'' --Spenser. 2. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him. (b) A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself. (c) An advocate or pleader. Let him who works the client wrong Beware the patron's ire. --Macaulay. 3. One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art. 4. (Eccl. Law) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice. [Eng.] 5. A guardian saint. -- called also patron saint. 6. (Naut.) See Padrone, 2. Patrons of Husbandry, the grangers. See Granger, 2.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Patron Pa"tron, a. Doing the duty of a patron; giving aid or protection; tutelary. --Dryden. Patron saint (R. C. Ch.), a saint regarded as the peculiar protector of a country, community, church, profession, etc., or of an individual.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(patron saints) The patron saint of a place, an activity, or a group of people is a saint who is believed to give them special help and protection. Chiswick church is dedicated to St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors. N-COUNT: usu with poss



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