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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Captains or officers commanding a ship.

Usage examples (35)
  • These proprietors, called patroons, held great political power as well as judicial power over the settlers.
  • The men who received these huge estates were called patroons, which is the same word as our English patron, and they had power not unlike the feudal lords of old time.
  • Van Rensselaer was not only one of the greatest of the old 'patroons' who formed the landed aristocracy of Dutch New York, but he was also a Federalist.
  • In this way there would be no patroons to act as masters. for more
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