[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 padroni
Historical Examples of padroni
The padroni are often very severe, and treat the children just like slaves.
The padroni—that is the masters—having thus gained possession of the children, they bring them to England.
This is no uncommon occurrence, for the padroni are men utterly without principle, and thoroughly bad in every way.
The padroni do not confine their attentions only to children, but frequently bring over whole families as well.
Another instance of the rapacity of the padroni is illustrated by the following case, of even more recent date.
British Dictionary definitions for padroni
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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