padrone

[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/.
  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.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for padroni

Historical Examples of padroni

  • The padroni are often very severe, and treat the children just like slaves.

    The Alien Invasion

    William Henry Wilkins

  • The padroni—that is the masters—having thus gained possession of the children, they bring them to England.

    The Alien Invasion

    William Henry Wilkins

  • This is no uncommon occurrence, for the padroni are men utterly without principle, and thoroughly bad in every way.

    The Alien Invasion

    William Henry Wilkins

  • The padroni do not confine their attentions only to children, but frequently bring over whole families as well.

    The Alien Invasion

    William Henry Wilkins

  • Another instance of the rapacity of the padroni is illustrated by the following case, of even more recent date.

    The Alien Invasion

    William Henry Wilkins


British Dictionary definitions for padroni

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

Word Origin for padrone

C17: from Italian; see patron 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012