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 New York’s last true gangland rubout occurred in the Throggs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx, in November, 2013, when Michael Meldish, a member of a freelance criminal outfit called the Purple Gang, was shot to death. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Then, 14 days later, Gotti and his crew staged a gangland coup, gunning down Gambino boss Paul Castellano and his driver, Tommy Bilotti, outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan. Michael Daly, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 The prosecutor painted her as unwitting accomplice who has cooperated with police in spite of gangland threats to her safety. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 And the fascination of it is that the movie, for all its hypnotic gangland escapades, was powered by a teasing question: Was Henry Hill, the real-life mobster portrayed by Liotta, a sociopath just like that other Ray? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 May 2022 More than a dozen gunmen opened fire in two bars in the central Mexican city of Celaya late on Monday, killing at least 11 people in an apparent gangland shooting, local officials and media said. Reuters, NBC News, 24 May 2022 Gun violence on metro Detroit freeways finally appears to be subsiding after two violent years that saw a slew of shootings over everything from bad driving to gangland feuds. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 The gangland history is fascinating and seems to be based loosely on the rise and fall of the real-life Patriarca family. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Bodies were dumped together suggesting a gangland-style killing. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Gangland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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