Pronunciation: (pu-drō'nē, -nā; It. pä-drô'ne), [key]
—pl. -nesPronunciation: (-nēz, -nāz), [key] It. -niPronunciation: (-nē). [key]
1. a master; boss.
2. an employer, esp. 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.
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