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(pə-drō′nē, -nā)
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.]

pa·dro′nism n.


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]


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.padrone - an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy
innkeeper, boniface, host - the owner or manager of an inn
2.padrone - an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
employer - a person or firm that employs workers
References in classic literature ?
If I were sole owner we'd shake hands on it now, my dear Dantes, and call it settled; but I have a partner, and you know the Italian proverb -- Chi ha compagno ha padrone --
It was our signal, invariably heard by the ever-watchful Dominic, the PADRONE.
acting like an absolute Padrone, which for her was a mistaken way to view his authority in the family.
Peck analyzes why the padrone system all bat disappeared by 1930, stressing the role of growing worker opposition to the exploitative side of the work of immigration agents within their linguistic communities.
For example, the chapter on John Knowles Paine and George Whitefield Chadwick provides numerous reports of fine works and glowingly received first performances, yet pieces such as Chadwick's opera The Padrone remain unperformed and in manuscript, while the bulk of Paine's orchestral works and Chadwick's more than 125 songs are so rarely heard on current concert programs that their presence as living music verges on extinction.
Borghini, 1:578, "un fanciullo, figliolo del marchese di Riano, padrone della tavola, ritratto di naturale.
The padrone made her feel very small and at the same time really important.
Presentation The Padrone System and the Wachusett Reservoir Project.
14) Si tratta di un numero di racconti, parecchi incompleti, che Svevo scrive nell'arco del primo decennio del secolo scorso, ambientati nella laguna e nell'isola di Murano (una delle sedi della fabbrica Veneziani), fra cui "Cimutti" e "In Serenella", due frammenti che possono integrarsi uno nell'altro e che offrono uno scorcio del lavoro subalterno dalla prospettiva di un padrone illuminato e mite che sembra incarnare in parte la disposizione di Zeno.
The first half of the book analyzes the sources and creation of padrone power, the second, the system's evolution and eventual disintegration at the hands of both reforming corporate managers and increasingly assertive unskilled immigrant workers.
Venetian servants by contrast enjoy enormous freedom and exercise an insolent latitude in their behavior, freely quitting a disagreeable padrone at a moment's notice.
Southern Italians were the national group most associated with itinerant music-making in metropolises of the last century, and a great many of the street harpists, barrel-organists, violinists, and fifers were children uprooted from rural areas and entrusted to a padrone--a figure known, not incidentally, to Americanists from George Chadwick's 1912 opera, The Padrone, in which the title character becomes enamoured of a tambourine girl in his charge.