from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor.
- n. A woman who possesses the right to grant an ecclesiastical benefice to a member of the clergy.
- n. A patron saint. See Usage Note at -ess.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman who sponsors or supports a given activity, person etc.; a female patron.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female patron or helper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female patron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
From Late Latin patronissa, from Classical Latin patrōnus. (Wiktionary)