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English definition of “patron”

patron

noun [C]     /ˈpeɪtrən/
formal COMMERCE someone who uses a particular shop, restaurant, hotel, etc., especially regularly: This car park is for patrons only.
a person or company that supports an activity or a public organization, especially by giving money: arts patron/patron of the arts The company has been a longtime patron of the arts.
(Definition of patron noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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