- 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
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Historical Examples of padrone
Have you never noticed in Ruffo a likeness to—to your Padrone?
How can a fisher-boy, a nothing from Mergellina, look like my 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.
The Padrone hastened away to fetch it, but Vere shook her head.
- 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