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patron

pa·tron

patron

 
 
pronunciation:
peI trn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who buys the goods or services of a business establishment, esp. a regular customer or client of a shop, hotel, restaurant, or the like.
The couple were steady patrons, and the owner was anxious to see that they were satisfied with their meal.
synonyms:
customer, regular
similar words:
buyer, client, frequenter, habitué, shopper
definition 2: a person who acts as a guardian, supporter, or sponsor, as of an artist or an artistic group or institution.
She is a great patron of the arts and has provided the financial backing for numerous art exhibits as well as plays.
synonyms:
backer, benefactor, friend, sponsor, supporter
similar words:
advocate, connection, contributor, donor, father, guardian, philanthropist, promoter
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