- patron; master; boss
- in Italy
- a master of a Mediterranean trading ship
- an innkeeper
- Obs. a contractor for immigrant Italian laborers in America
Origin of padroneItalian from Classical Latin patronus, patron
nounpl. pa·dro·nes, or pa·dro·ni
- An owner or manager, especially of an inn; a proprietor.
- A man who exploitatively employs or finds work for Italian immigrants in America.
Origin of padroneItalian from Latin patrōnus patron ; see patron .
(plural padrones or padroni)
- A patron; a protector.
- The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
- A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian labourers, street musicians, etc.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.