[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne]
noun, plural pa·dro·nes [puh-droh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/, Italian pa·dro·ni [pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/.
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.
Origin of padrone
Related formspa·dro·nism [puh-droh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/, noun
dating back to 1660–70;
see origin at patron
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for padrone
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.
British Dictionary definitions for padrone
noun plural -nes or -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 for padrone
C17: from Italian; see patron 1
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