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padrone

[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne] /pəˈdroʊ ni, -neɪ; Italian pɑˈdrɔ nɛ/
noun, plural padrones
[puh-droh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/ (Show IPA).
Italian, padroni
[pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/ (Show IPA)
1.
a master; boss.
2.
an employer, especially of immigrant laborers, who provides communal housing and eating arrangements, controls the allocation of pay, etc., in a manner that exploits the workers.
3.
an innkeeper.
Origin of padrone
1660-1670
From Italian, dating back to 1660-70; See origin at patron
Related forms
padronism
[puh-droh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the Web for padrone
Historical Examples
  • Have you never noticed in Ruffo a likeness to—to your padrone?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • How can a fisher-boy, a nothing from Mergellina, look like my padrone?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "Your padrone, yes, he was a real Sicilian," Hermione said softly.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He guessed that a glance from their "padrone" had advised them not to wake.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The padrone hastened away to fetch it, but Vere shook her head.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The padrone bore it proudly down between the mirrors and the windows.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He took up a pen the padrone had brought, dipped it into the ink.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The padrone threw up his chin and clicked his tongue against his teeth.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Why had she not told the padrone she wished to be quite alone?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It was our signal, invariably heard by the ever-watchful Dominic, the padrone.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for padrone

padrone

/pəˈdrəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) -nes, -ni (-niː)
1.
the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
2.
(US) an employer who completely controls his workers, esp a man who exploits Italian immigrants in the US
Word Origin
C17: from Italian; see patron1
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