Meaning of padrone

pa•dro•ne

Pronunciation: (pu-drō'nē, -nā It. pä-drô'ne), [key]
— pl. -nes -ni
  1. a master; boss.
  2. 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.
  3. an innkeeper.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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