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padrone

[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne] /pəˈdroʊ ni, -neɪ; Italian pɑˈdrɔ nɛ/
noun, plural padrones
[puh-droh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/ (Show IPA).
Italian, padroni
[pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/ (Show IPA)
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
1660-1670
1660-70; < Italian; see patron
Related forms
padronism
[puh-droh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdroʊ nɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for padroni

padrone

/pəˈdrəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) -nes, -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
C17: from Italian; see patron1
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