Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: patronus, from Latin pater 'father'


pa‧tron [countable]
1 someone who supports the activities of an organization, for example by giving money:
a wealthy patron
patron of
a patron of the arts
2 a famous person who is officially involved with an organization, such as a charity, and whose name is used to help advertise it
3 formalDB someone who uses a particular shop, restaurant, or hotel:
facilities for disabled patrons
see usage note customerWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

customer, client, patron, shopper, consumer
Customer is the most general word. A customer is someone who buys something from a particular shop. People who pay to use something such as a transport service can also be called customers A customer came in and bought several jackets. Customers are advised that the next train is delayed.A client is someone who pays for a service a hairdresser and her clientsA patron of a particular restaurant, bar etc is someone who eats or drinks there. This is a fairly formal word and it is more usual to use customer Patrons are asked to refrain from smoking.A shopper is someone who is involved in the activity of buying things from shops The street was crowded with shoppers.A consumer is anyone who pays for goods and services. This word is used especially when you are talking about people's rights Consumers have a right to know what they are buying.See also customer

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