Mafia

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noun Ma·fia \ˈmä-fē-ə, ˈma-\

Definition of Mafia

  1. 1a :  a secret criminal society of Sicily or Italyb :  a similarly conceived criminal organization in the U.S.; also :  a similar organization elsewhere the Japanese Mafiac :  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 and Etymology of mafia

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


First Known Use: 1866


Mafia

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

Definition of Mafia

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





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