Definition of padrona in US English:

padrona

noun

  • A female boss or proprietress.

    • ‘The padrona - she's the woman who keeps the house, and serves us, too, in this case - though Mrs. Jerrold has a maid to wait on the table and care for our rooms - well, the padrona is my first friend.’
    • ‘As I watched her, I had a feeling that though I would be paying the salary, the real padrona had just crossed the threshold, and a new phase of my Roman life was beginning.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation

padrona

/pəˈdrōnə/