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Meaning of PATRONAGE

Pronunciation:  'patrunij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
  2. [n]  the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
  3. [n]  (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
  4. [n]  a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
  5. [n]  customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
  6. [v]  be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  7. [v]  support by being a patron of

PATRONAGE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: backing, business, championship, clientele, condescension, disdain, keep going, patronise, patronize, support, trade
 See Also: approval, approving, blessing, business, custom, depreciation, derogation, disparagement, foster, keep, maintain, nomenklatura, nurture, people, social control, sustain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa"tron*age\, n. [F. patronage. Cf. LL. patronaticum,
    and L. patronatus.]
    1. Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or
       aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of
       letters; patronage given to an author.
    2. Business custom. [Commercial Cant]
    3. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care. --Addison.
    4. The right of nomination to political office; also, the
       offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer
       may bestow by favor.
    5. (Eng. Law) The right of presentation to church or
       ecclesiastical benefice; advowson. --Blackstone.
  2. \Pa"tron*age\, v. t.
    To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend. [Obs.] --Shak.
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