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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.]
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n, pl -nes or -ni (-niː)
1. the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
2. (Commerce) 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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pa•dro•ne(pəˈdroʊ ni, -neɪ)
n., pl. -nes, -ni (-nē).
1. a master; boss.
2. an employer, esp. of immigrant laborers.
3. an innkeeper.
[1660–70; < Italian; see patron]
pa•dro′nism (-nɪz əm) n.
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|Noun||1.||padrone - an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy|
|2.||padrone - an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.|
employer - a person or firm that employs workers
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