padrone: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pu-drō'nē, -nā It. pä-drô'ne), [key]
— pl. -nes -ni
- a master; boss.
- an employer, esp. 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.
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