Definition of padrone in English:


Syllabification: pa·dro·ne
Pronunciation: /pəˈdrōnā, pəˈdrōnē

noun (plural padrones /-ˈdrōnāz, -ˈdrōnz/)

  • 1A patron or master, in particular.
  • 1.1A Mafia boss.
  • 1.2US informal An employer, especially one who exploits immigrant workers.
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    • There is no question that in many instances padrones were able to exploit the relative ignorance of immigrant workers to capture a large share of the gains from mobilizing labor.
    • He works the national borders between southern Europe and the three North American states, and the class and racial boundaries between resident populations, the immigrant workers, and the padrones.
    • Each time another shipment of men arrives, one of his employees appears on the second-floor balcony, like a Mexican padrone, to welcome them in Spanish - and to warn them not to talk with farmworker advocates.
  • 1.3(In Italy) the proprietor of a hotel.
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    • And so one night, having indulged a little too freely in a local wine called ‘The Tears of Christ,’ I confessed to the hotel padrone a furtive secret.
    • You can enjoy a perfect Tuscan kitchen and the hospitality of the Padrone and his team in the heart of Vienna.
    • The situation changed dramatically in July at the ceremony to formally turn over Palazzo Grassi to its new padrone.



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