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patroness (n.)

early 15c., patronesse, "female patron saint," from Medieval Latin patronissa, fem. of patronus "protector, defender" (see patron). Meaning "a female patron" is from c. 1500.

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Definitions of patroness from WordNet

patroness (n.)
a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron;
Synonyms: patronne
From wordnet.princeton.edu