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

Definition of gangland

: the world of organized crime a gangland killing

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Ortega’s strongman government kept in check the kind of gangland crime that has made life unbearable for millions in the Northern Triangle region comprising El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "In Nicaragua, political violence spurs migration," 25 Oct. 2018 Kyle, 24, isn't an outraged surveyor of inner-city hardship (like Ice Cube) nor a stylish gangland raconteur (like Snoop Dogg). Mikael Wood,, "Kyle is a different kind of West Coast rapper," 10 May 2018 In 1935, mobster Dutch Schultz, 34, was shot and mortally wounded with three other men during a gangland hit at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey. CBS News, "Today in history: A controversial rape comment and key Civil War battle," 23 Oct. 2017 The first attempt to regulate automatic weapons came in response to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, a 1929 Chicago gangland killing where seven people were killed by four rivals, two of whom were using Thompson submachine guns. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why gun experts don’t support banning – or buying – ‘bump stocks’," 5 Oct. 2017 In the Absence of Good Men, a film set during the 1920s gangland wars in the city, has set a cast that includes Milo Gibson as the feared gangster, alongside Sean Faris, Jamie Lynn Sigler and Peter Facinelli. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Milo Gibson Playing Al Capone in 'In the Absence of Good Men' (Exclusive)," 9 June 2017 Riprore, which focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "AMC Networks' Streamer Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)," 2 June 2017 A journalist (Annabelle Stephenson) raised in the state’s Central Valley goes home and learns that the lack of precipitation has turned the farms into a violent gangland. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Summer Movie Release Schedule 2017," 5 May 2017

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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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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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