Simple Definition of mafioso
: a member of the Mafia
Full Definition of mafioso
plural ma·fi·o·siplay \-(ˌ)sē, -(ˌ)zē\
: a member of the Mafia or a mafia
Origin of mafioso
Italian, from Italian dialect (Sicily) mafiusu gallant, swaggerer, perhaps alteration of marfusu scoundrel
First Known Use: 1875
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