[ puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne ]
/ pəˈdroʊ ni, -neɪ; Italian pɑˈdrɔ nɛ /

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.
an innkeeper.

Nearby words

  1. padova,
  2. padparadschah sapphire,
  3. padre,
  4. padre island,
  5. padrino,
  6. padsaw,
  7. padua,
  8. paduasoy,
  9. paducah,
  10. padus

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for padroni


/ (pəˈdrəʊnɪ) /

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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