Patrons of Husbandry
Patron Pa"tron, n. [F., fr. L. patronus, fr. pater a father. See {Paternal}, and cf. {Patroon}, {Padrone}, {Pattern}.] 1. One who protects, supports, or countenances; a defender. ``Patron of my life and liberty.'' --Shak. ``The patron of true holiness.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A master who had freed his slave, but still retained some paternal rights over him. (b) A man of distinction under whose protection another person placed himself. (c) An advocate or pleader. [1913 Webster]

Let him who works the client wrong Beware the patron's ire. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. One who encourages or helps a person, a cause, or a work; a furtherer; a promoter; as, a patron of art. [1913 Webster]

4. (Eccl. Law) One who has gift and disposition of a benefice. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

5. A guardian saint. -- called also {patron saint}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) See {Padrone}, 2. [1913 Webster]

{Patrons of Husbandry}, the grangers. See {Granger}, 2. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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