padrone

noun
pa·​dro·​ne | \ pə-ˈdrō-nē How to pronounce padrone (audio) \
plural padrones or padroni\ pə-​ˈdrō-​nē How to pronounce padroni (audio) \

Definition of padrone

1a : master
b : an Italian innkeeper
2 : a person who secures employment especially for Italian immigrants

First Known Use of padrone

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for padrone

Italian, protector, owner, from Latin patronus patron

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“Padrone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/padrone. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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