patron

Definitions:

One who countenances and protects either a person or a work; a person who has the gift and disposal of church preferment.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
A guardian or supporter; as, a patron of music; in business, a regular customer.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
A protector; one who countenances.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Giving aid or exercising guardianship, as a patron saint.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
A protector: one who countenances: one who has the gift of a benefice:- fem. PATRONESS.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Acting as guardian; as, a patron saint.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Patroness.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (fem.) (feminine)
A protector; advocate; a supporter; a guardian; one who has the disposition of a benefice.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

Rather would he dance for joy, and wave his hand, and cry, Good voyage, Patron
- Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
He was quite confident of the interest of his patron and of its speedy exertion in his behalf.
- Basil by Wilkie Collins
15. Indeed, Mr. Fox appeared the general patron of all such persons and proceedings.
- The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke