What is patronage?

  • (noun): The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
    Example: "Even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
    Synonyms: trade
    See also — Additional definitions below


Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings or popes have provided to musicians, painters, and sculptors. It can also refer to the right of bestowing offices or church benefices, the business given to a store by a regular customer, and the guardianship of saints. The word "patron" derives from the Latin patronus, "patron," one who gives benefits to his clients (see Patronage in ancient Rome).

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Some articles on patronage:

Smart Bus - SmartBus Patronage Growth
... Several reviews have been conducted of patronage growth on SmartBus routes ... In 2010 the Bus Association of Victoria found that SmartBus patronage on routes 703 and 902 (formerly 888/889) increased 15% over two years, even after petrol prices ...
Patronage - Ecclesiastical - Presbyterian
... The Church Patronage (Scotland) Act 1711, (in force until 1874) resulted in multiple Secessions from the Church of Scotland, leading to the establishment ...
Church Patronage (Scotland) Act 1711 - Outcome - 1719 Patronage Act
... Many optimistically thought this was the end of Patronage, as no right-thinking Presbyterian would declare willingness to accept a Patron's offer, but ...
Sen Lin Hu - International Ties - International Patronage Granted
... King Harald V of Norway has granted royal patronage to Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village ... Patronage is an affirmation from the Royal Family of Norway of the quality educational programming of Concordia Language Villages ... Rau, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany has also granted personal patronage to Waldsee, the German Language Village ...

More definitions of "patronage":

  • (verb): Support by being a patron of.
  • (noun): (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
  • (noun): A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient.
    Synonyms: condescension, disdain

Famous quotes containing the word patronage:

    Each of the Arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a Muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.
    Eliza Farnham (1815–1864)

    She loved money, but could occasionally part with it, especially to men of learning, whose patronage she affected. She often conversed with them, and bewildered herself in their metaphysical disputes, which neither she nor they themselves understood.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)