noun, plural pa·dro·nes [puh–droh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/, Italian pa·dro·ni [pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/.
- a master; boss.
- an employer, especially 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.
noun plural -nes or -ni (-niː)
- the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
- US an employer who completely controls his workers, esp a man who exploits Italian immigrants in the US