from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An owner or manager, especially of an inn; a proprietor.
  • n. A man who exploitatively employs or finds work for Italian immigrants in America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A patron; a protector.
  • n. The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
  • n. A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian labourers, street musicians, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A patron; a protector.
  • n. The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
  • n. A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian laborers, street musicians, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A master; especially, a person, generally an Italian, who owns hand-organs and lets them out to itinerant players, or who systematically employs destitute children to beg for his benefit; also, an Italian labor-contractor; one who lets out Italian laborers in a body.
  • n. In Italy: The prime minister of the papal curia.
  • n. The landlord of an inn.
  • n. The captain or master of a Mediterranean trader.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
  • n. an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy


Italian, from Latin patrōnus, patron; see patron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian. See patron. (Wiktionary)


  • He must be down there on that beach searching, calling his padrone's name, perhaps.

    The Call of the Blood

  • He said he did not believe the padrone was a bad fellow, but he liked to take advantage of a stranger when he could; we all did.

    Ragged Lady — Volume 2

  • The padrone is his uncle, and treats him better than the rest of us.

    Phil, the Fiddler

  • Such a leader is almost always under the patronage of a "boss" in New York or a 'padrone' in Italy, who uses his influence to protect the members of the gang when in legal difficulties and find them jobs when out of work and in need of funds.

    Courts and Criminals

  • He was a commited socialist who ran his ranch like a kindly paternalistic padrone.

    Interview With Historian and Writer Clarice Stasz

  • “But, but—the padrone gave us the money to come here,” Bella said.


  • He was using it to pay off the padrone for your ticket to America.


  • Lori Eanes for The Wall Street Journal Dungeness crab deviled eggs with chipotle aioli "This is traditional fare, with a twist," says Tisha Hilario, a 46-year-old software trainer at a nearby federal building, after finishing a lunch that included a $13 mushroom quesadilla with Oaxaca cheese, pickled padrone peppers and scallions.


  • I think about him, my padrone bologna, and I get the cramps like you wouldn't believe.

    Not In A Sexy Way

  • Il padrone di casa e' venuto ieri sera per controllare se era un problema che potesse risolvere lui o no, e stamattina alle 9 e un quarto e' arrivato il tecnico!

    Archive 2008-10-01


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