patroness

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See also: patronnesse

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin patronissa, from Classical Latin patrōnus.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpeɪtɹənɪs/, /ˌpeɪtɹəˈnɛs/

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patroness (plural patronesses)

  1. A woman who sponsors or supports a given activity, person etc.; a female patron.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.10:
      And Night, the patronesse of love-stealth fayre, / Gave them safe conduct, till to end they came.
    • James Branch Cabell
      [] having children, and serving on committees and boards of patronesses, and maintaining an undiscouraging bank-balance, and being attended a little more and more frequently by physicians []

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