PRONUNCIATION: (mee-SEE-nuhs, mi-)

MEANING: noun: A generous patron, especially of art, music, or literature.

ETYMOLOGY: From Gaius Cilnius Maecenas (c. 70-8 BCE), patron of Horace and Virgil. Earliest documented use: 1542.

MAXECENAS - very-large-scale Hollywood mob scenes

MAKECENAS - draw attention to oneself in a very public fashion

MALECENAS - (pron. MA-lay-SAY-noss) very bad dinners prepared by a Madrid chef