ETYM French patronage. Related to Late Lat. patronaticum, and Latin patronatus.
(Politics) Granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
Power to give a favored appointment to an office or position in politics, business, or the church; or sponsorship of the arts. Patronage was for centuries bestowed mainly by individuals (in Europe often royal or noble) or by the church.
In the 20th century, patrons have tended to be political parties, the state, and—in the arts—private industry and foundations.
Pokroviteljstvo, dostojanstvo ili nadležnost patrona; članovi pokroviteljskog odbora neke ustanove. (lat.)
Odbrana, uzimanje u odbranu.