Padrone meaning

pə-drōnē, -nā
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An owner or manager, especially of an inn; a proprietor.
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A man who exploitatively employs or finds work for Italian immigrants in America.
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Patron; master; boss.
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In Italy.
  • A master of a Mediterranean trading ship.
  • An innkeeper.
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A contractor for immigrant Italian laborers in America.
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The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
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A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian labourers, street musicians, etc.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of padrone

  • Italian from Latin patrōnus patron patron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary