What does the word patronage mean?

Usage examples for patronage

  1. Unlicensed theaters were closed down by a statute of 1737, but most came to acquire patronage to get a license. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. Much money was necessary to meet the expenses of such patronage and to satisfy the troops, old and new, of the conqueror of Gaul and Rome. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  3. My uncle is too much offended ever to be my friend again; and in this country, persons of a certain class are so educated, they cannot exist without the assistance, or what is called the patronage, of others: when that is withheld, they steal or starve. – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald