V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. somebody who supports an organization or person, especially when artistic; 2. a frequent customer

Synonyms: advocate, benefactor, sponsor, supporter, customer, client, shopper

Antonyms: seller

Tips: Patron is derived from the Latin patronus, which means "protector, defender, advocate." A patron is someone who is an advocate for a cause, especially an artistic one. Patron has also come to mean "a frequent customer," probably because frequent customers protect a business and become supporters of retail establishments that they particularly like. To patronize also means "to shop or be a customer." Use patron as a more sophisticated way to say "customer." Also, remember that the verb patronize can also mean "to condescend or belittle." If someone talks down to you, they are patronizing you.

Usage Examples:

The committee needed to find generous patrons to help pay for the restoration of the old theater. (supporters, sponsors)

Most of the patrons of the store refused to let the strike stop them from shopping. (customers)

He is a generous patron of the arts and usually invests in new pieces by up-and-coming young artists. (benefactor, supporter)

I've stopped patronizing that store ever since they wouldn't honor their return policy when I had a problem with something I bought there. (shopping, frequenting) verb

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