noun, often attributive
gang·​land | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌland How to pronounce gangland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of gangland

: the world of organized crime a gangland killing

Examples of gangland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Needing additional funding, Cornero, according to several accounts, borrowed a seven-figure sum from a group of businessmen that included Moe Dalitz, a gangland figure who co-owned the Desert Inn. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Geas, 54, a Mafia hitman from West Springfield serving a life sentence for two gangland murders, and DeCologero, 47, of Lowell, were quickly identified as suspects in Bulger’s slaying., 23 May 2021 The gangland connections and potential antagonists of the Levy brothers were simply too numerous to pin down to a single cause, or knife. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021 But he was perhaps best known to the public because of the gangland killing of his younger brother, Edward, in 1988. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2020 At issue is the National Firearms Act, a holdover from the Prohibition era and gangland machine gun shootings, and the modern AR pistol. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 9 Oct. 2020 Fargo’s gangland warfare has, to date, escalated at a surprisingly unhurried pace. Nick Schager,, 5 Oct. 2020 That gangland-style execution was the focus of Merkel’s last meeting with Putin, at a December summit about Ukraine in Paris. Patrick Donahue,, 26 Aug. 2020 Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf play protection racketeers facing a vicious takeover bid on their turf in South Los Angeles gangland in David Ayer's crime thriller. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gangland

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gangland

gang entry 1 + land entry 1

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The first known use of gangland was in 1912

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2 Jun 2021

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“Gangland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gangland

: the violent world of organized crime


noun, often attributive
gang·​land | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌland How to pronounce gangland (audio) \

Legal Definition of gangland

: the world of organized crime

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