• IPA: /ˈpeɪtɹənɪd͡ʒ/


  1. The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.
    His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.
  2. Customers collectively; clientele; business.
    The restaurant had an upper-class patronage.
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  3. A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
  4. (politics) Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
    • 2015, Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson, Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality, University of Illinois Press (ISBN 9780252097034), page 117:
      Patronage, nepotism, cronyism, abuse of power, and criminal activity flourish, sometimes for decades, in numerous town halls, police stations, and special-purpose government agencies in the suburbs.
  5. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
  6. The right of nomination to political office.
  7. (UK, legal) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
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patronage (patronages, present participle patronaging; past and past participle patronaged)

  1. (transitive) To support by being a patron of.
  2. (transitive) To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize
    Synonyms: support, keep going

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