[puh-droh-nee, -ney; Italian pah-draw-ne]
noun, plural padrones [puh-droh-neez, -neyz] . Italian, padroni [pah-draw-nee] .
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.

1660–70; < Italian; see patron

padronism [puh-droh-niz-uhm] , noun Unabridged
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padrone (pəˈdrəʊnɪ)
n , pl -nes, -ni
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
[C17: from Italian; see patron1]

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