1. an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy
2. an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Padrone \Pa*dro"ne\, n.; pl. It. Padroni, E. Padrones. [It.
1. A patron; a protector.
2. The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
3. A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian
laborers, street musicians, etc.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy
2: an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
27 Moby Thesaurus words for "padrone":
boss, bwana, chef, chief, church dignitary, ecclesiarch, elder,
employer, goodman, guru, husband, liege, liege lord, lord,
lord paramount, master, overlord, paramount, paterfamilias,
patriarch, patron, rabbi, sahib, seigneur, seignior, starets,