Word of the Day – Maecenas

By December 6, 2018 Word of the Day

Maecenas (noun)

mi-see-nus

A generous patron especially of literature or art

Gaius circa 70–8 b.c. Roman statesman and patron of literature

Example sentences

“The theatre company no longer has an array of moneyed Maecenases to which it can turn for financial support”

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