- the support given or custom brought by a patron or patroness
- the position of a patron
- (in politics) the practice of making appointments to office, granting contracts, etc
- the favours so distributed
- a condescending manner
- any kindness done in a condescending way
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pa•tron•age /ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ, ˈpæ-/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, etc., by customers or paying guests:The management thanks you for your patronage.
- the power of public officials to appoint their supporters, etc., to government jobs or to grant them favors.
- the jobs or favors so given.
- the support a patron gives to an artist, a charity, etc.
pa•tron•age (pā′trə nij, pa′-),USA pronunciation n.
- the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, or the like, by customers, clients, or paying guests.
- patrons collectively;
- Governmentthe control of or power to make appointments to government jobs or the power to grant other political favors.
- Governmentoffices, jobs, or other favors so controlled.
- Governmentthe distribution of jobs and favors on a political basis, as to those who have supported one's party or political campaign.
- a condescending manner or attitude in granting favors, in dealing with people, etc.;
condescension:an air of patronage toward his business subordinates.
- the position, encouragement, influence, or support of a patron, as toward an artist, institution, etc.
- the right of presentation to an ecclesiastical benefice;
- Middle French; see patron, -age
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . custom, commerce, trade.
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patronage /ˈpætrənɪdʒ/ n
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