What does the word patron mean?

Usage examples for patron

  1. Not yet had the Romans dared to lay hands on the chief of the gods, the patron and protector of the city. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. The patron must know at once. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  3. Secretary and physician must return to their patron. – Foes by Mary Johnston