Pa"tron*age (?), n. [F. patronage. Cf. LL. patronaticum, and L. patronatus.]

1.

Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.

2.

Business custom.

[Commercial Cant]

3.

Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.

Addison.

4.

The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.

5. Eng.Law

The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.

Blackstone.

 

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Pa"tron*age, v. t.

To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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