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padrone

[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne]
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noun, plural pa·dro·nes [puh-droh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/, Italian pa·dro·ni [pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/.
  1. a master; boss.
  2. 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.
  3. an innkeeper.
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Origin of padrone

From Italian, dating back to 1660–70; see origin at patron
Related formspa·dro·nism [puh-droh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for padrone

Historical Examples

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Have you never noticed in Ruffo a likeness to—to your Padrone?

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • "Your Padrone, yes, he was a real Sicilian," Hermione said softly.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He guessed that a glance from their "Padrone" had advised them not to wake.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He took up a pen the Padrone had brought, dipped it into the ink.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for padrone

padrone

noun plural -nes or -ni (-niː)
  1. the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
  2. US an employer who completely controls his workers, esp a man who exploits Italian immigrants in the US
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian; see patron 1
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