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patron saint

noun [C] uk   us  
a Christian saint who is believed to give special help to a particular place, activity, person, or type of object: St John Bosco is the patron saint of Turin.
Translations of “patron saint”
in Chinese (Traditional) 守護聖徒,守護神…
in Russian святой-покровитель…
in Turkish koruyucu aziz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 守护圣人,主保圣人…
in Polish patron/ka…
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