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.
- pa·dro·nism [puh-droh-niz-uhm], /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/, noun
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How to use padrone in a sentence
Zelphine has just been talking to the padrone, who speaks excellent English, about the excursion to-morrow.Italian Days and Ways | Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
The padrone asks us, in case we decide to drive, whether we will give a seat in our carriage to the odd number.Italian Days and Ways | Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
Their spirit of mutual helpfulness saved them from padrone, "banker," and Black Hand.The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
It seems that sometimes, though rarely, it pleases them to pretend to believe that their padrone has displeased them.Castellinaria | Henry Festing Jones
A waif like himself, a lost baby whom he found on the road being cruelly beaten by a brute of an Italian padrone.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for padrone
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
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