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n. pl. pa·dro·nes (-nēz, -nāz) or pa·dro·ni (-nē)
1. An owner or manager, especially of an inn; a proprietor.
2. A person who exploitatively employs or finds work for immigrants, especially Italian immigrants.
[Italian, from Latin patrōnus, patron; see patron.]
US a system of exploitative work controlled by a padrone