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[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)
a master; boss.
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.
an innkeeper.
Origin of padrone
From Italian, dating back to 1660-70; See origin at patron
Related forms
[puh-droh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • So could he have been with a padrone had fate made his situation in life a different one.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • He guessed that a glance from their "padrone" had advised them not to wake.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The padrone remained aft at the helm, offering every politeness to our two young gentlemen, who only wished to be left alone.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Have you never noticed in Ruffo a likeness to—to your padrone?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "Go about your work," said Parker, clutching his arm a moment as the padrone hastened past.

  • How can a fisher-boy, a nothing from Mergellina, look like my padrone?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "Pardon, padrone," said Ludovico, producing a small sum of money.

    Phil the Fiddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • “The padrone says you will want some more water,” he said smilingly.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • The padrone made no remark, but, wrapping his black cloak close about him, stood up to look.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • And the padrone was too much a man of his world to ask any more questions.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
British Dictionary definitions for padrone


noun (pl) -nes, -ni (-niː)
the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
(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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