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Mafia

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noun Ma·fia \ˈmä-fē-ə, ˈma-\

Definition of Mafia

  1. 1 a :  a secret criminal society of Sicily or Italy b :  a similarly conceived criminal organization in the United States; also :  a similar organization elsewhere <the Japanese Mafia> c :  a criminal organization associated with a particular traffic <the cocaine Mafia>

  2. 2 often not capitalized :  a group of people likened to the Mafia; especially :  a group of people of similar interests or backgrounds prominent in a particular field or enterprise :  clique



Origin of mafia

Mafia, Maffia, a Sicilian secret criminal society, from Italian dialect (Sicily), probably from mafiusu


First Known Use: 1875


Mafia

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geographical name Ma·fia \ˈmä-fē-ə, ˈma-\

Definition of Mafia

  1. island Tanzania in Indian Ocean S of Zanzibar area 170 square miles (442 square kilometers), pop 16,748






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