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noun [uncountable] patronage pronunciation in British English /ˈpætrənɪdʒ/
  1. 1
    help or money that is given to a person or organization
    He enjoyed the patronage of many literary enthusiasts.
    1. a.
      used in a negative way for talking about help, especially in the form of a job, that is given to people in return for their support
      The reforms are intended to halt political patronage and corruption.
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  2. 2
    formal the use of a restaurant, hotel, or other business
    Bar patronage increases when no-smoking areas are provided.


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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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