Pronunciation: (pā'trun),[key] —n. 1. a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, esp. a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
2. a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance. 3. a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
4. See patron saint. 5. Rom. Hist. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.
6. Eccles.a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice.
Pronunciation: (pä-trôn')[key] —n., —pl.-tron•esPronunciation: (-trô'nes).[key]Spanish. (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer.