patroness(redirected from patronesses)
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1. A woman who supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor.
2. A woman who possesses the right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
3. A patron saint. See Usage Note at -ess.
1. a woman who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) See patron saint
pa•tron•ess(ˈpeɪ trə nɪs)
a woman who protects, supports, or sponsors someone or something.
[1375–1425; late Middle English patronesse female patron saint < Old French]
usage: See -ess.