padroni


noun, plural pa·dro·nes [puhdroh-neez, -neyz] /pəˈdroʊ niz, -neɪz/, Italian pa·dro·ni [pah-draw-nee] /pɑˈdrɔ ni/.

  1. a master; boss.
  2. 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.
  3. an innkeeper.

noun plural -nes or -ni (-niː)

  1. the owner or proprietor of an inn, esp in Italy
  2. US an employer who completely controls his workers, esp a man who exploits Italian immigrants in the US

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