ma·​fi·​o·​so | \ ˌmä-fē-ˈō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce mafioso (audio) , ˌma-, -(ˌ)zō \
plural mafiosi\ ˌmä-​fē-​ˈō-​(ˌ)sē How to pronounce mafioso (audio) , ˌma-​ , -​(ˌ)zē \

Definition of mafioso

: a member of the Mafia or a mafia

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Recent Examples on the Web Though Dickie never appeared on the show, he was occasionally mentioned with admiration as a wild-card mafioso of decades past. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 The film follows the young mafioso as he's led into the business by his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the father of Christopher (Michael Imperioli on The Sopranos) and cousin of Carmela. Jolie Lash,, 20 Sep. 2021 To prepare for the role of Dickie, a mafioso whose charisma conceals a jumble of violent and tender urges, Nivola spent months with a dialect coach. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2021 New York mafioso Frankie Carbo and Chicago bank robber Lawrence A. Trumblay, said John Cantwell, a longtime National Park Service ranger who worked with Bush on reunions for Alcatraz staff. Andrew J. Campa Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 This was always the mafioso-like logic at the heart of Trumpism, and its latest expression could not be more garishly clear. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 7 July 2021 New York City's Mob town, where various mafioso misdeeds will take Stabler and his cohorts (including Chicago Med's Danielle Moné Truitt as police sergeant Ayanna Bell) a good while to solve. Lynette Rice,, 20 Mar. 2021 The new short course at Forest Dunes in Northern Michigan finally has a name ahead of its full opening: Bootlegger, a nod to the alcohol smuggling by Detroit mafioso that took place on the property almost 100 years ago. Erik Matuszewski, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Where Biggie rapped as a mafioso who had lieutenants working for him, Black Rob talked about having a small crew of dudes that would rob folks in underground tunnels. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mafioso

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mafioso

Italian, from Italian dialect (Sicily) mafiusu gallant, swaggerer, perhaps alteration of marfusu scoundrel

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“Mafioso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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: a member of the Mafia

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