Part of speech: noun

A female patron.

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Usage examples "patroness":

  1. She professes to be a patroness of literature, and holds weekly soirees in London, for all the newspaper poets. - "Pelham, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009.
  2. Could Miss Macnulty have realised the amount of oppression inflicted on her patroness by the box of diamonds she would have forgiven anything. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.
  3. William Adolphus was boisterous, Victoria forgot that she was learned and a patroness of the arts, Elsa threw herself into the fun with the zest and abandonment of a child. - "The King's Mirror", Anthony Hope.