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Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I would like ask if the word "patron" is also used for a regular customer, who regularly visits a shop, a restaurant, etc and the owner and he/she knows each other so well.

If so, in which case do you use this word with such meaning, formally or in normal talks?

Thank you all in advance.

Toan Nguyen
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Your question is rather vague. Yes the word patron can be applied to anyone who uses a service regardless of how well the owner and customer know each other. However, whether or not that word fits into an actual situation depends entirely on the context: who is talking about whom and why.


    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    The word "patron" has for me connotations of rather posh upmarket establishments.

    In ordinary everyday use I'd expect to see and hear "[regular] customer".
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