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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pey-truh-nij, pa‐]
    • /ˈpeɪ trə nɪdʒ, ˈpæ‐/
    • /ˈpæt.rə.nɪdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pey-truh-nij, pa‐]
    • /ˈpeɪ trə nɪdʒ, ˈpæ‐/

Definitions of patronage word

  • noun patronage the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, or the like, by customers, clients, or paying guests. 1
  • noun patronage patrons collectively; clientele. 1
  • noun patronage the control of or power to make appointments to government jobs or the power to grant other political favors. 1
  • noun patronage offices, jobs, or other favors so controlled. 1
  • noun patronage the distribution of jobs and favors on a political basis, as to those who have supported one's party or political campaign. 1
  • noun patronage a condescending manner or attitude in granting favors, in dealing with people, etc.; condescension: an air of patronage toward his business subordinates. 1

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Origin of patronage

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see patron, -age

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Parts of speech for Patronage


patronage popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for patronage

noun patronage

  • aegis — sponsorship or protection; auspices (esp in the phrase under the aegis of)
  • auspices — an augur of ancient Rome.
  • backing — If someone has the backing of an organization or an important person, they receive support or money from that organization or person in order to do something.
  • clientage — a body of clients; clientele.
  • clientele — The clientele of a place or organization are its customers or clients.

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