a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.
Charles became a patron of Rubens and van Dyck
a customer, especially a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater.
we surveyed the plushness of the hotel and its sleek, well-dressed patrons
(in ancient Rome) a patrician in relation to a client.
They are the most obvious sign that hospitality helped to articulate the patron /client relations that permeated Roman society.
a person or institution with the right to grant a benefice to a member of the clergy.
Here those favoring the wealthy are following social convention and may even see themselves securing the benefaction of the patron for the church.