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A landholder in New Netherland who, under Dutch colonial rule, was granted proprietary and manorial rights to a large tract of land in exchange for bringing 50 new settlers to the colony.
[Dutch, from French patron, patron, master, from Old French; see patron.]
(Historical Terms) (in the US) a Dutch land-holder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era
[C18: from Dutch: patron1]
a person who held an estate in land with certain manorial privileges granted under the old Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
[1655–65; < Dutch < French < Latin patrōnus]