What does the word patroness mean?

Usage examples for patroness

  1. She professes to be a patroness of literature, and holds weekly soirees in London, for all the newspaper poets. – Pelham, Complete by 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 by 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 by Anthony Hope