[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for padrone
How can a fisher-boy, a nothing from Mergellina, look like my Padrone?
Have you never noticed in Ruffo a likeness to—to your Padrone?
"Your Padrone, yes, he was a real Sicilian," Hermione said softly.
He guessed that a glance from their "Padrone" had advised them not to wake.
He took up a pen the Padrone had brought, dipped it into the ink.
- 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
C17: from Italian; see patron 1