mafioso

noun
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 mafiosi (audio) , ˌma-​ , -​(ˌ)zē \

Definition of mafioso

: a member of the Mafia or a mafia

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Bill Camp is marvelously reptilian as a Brooklyn mafioso who lures them into an uneasy cross-borough alliance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 Bill Camp is marvelously reptilian as a Brooklyn mafioso who lures them into an uneasy cross-borough alliance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The plot involved two men, one a cop (Dennis Farina) and the other a mafioso (Anthony Denison), who stalk each other in early 1960s Las Vegas. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: Julia Roberts Debuted on 'Crime Story' in 1987," 8 June 2019 When, in 1971, the Italian government banished its worst mafiosi to live on Filicudi, the islanders, via total noncooperation, sent them packing. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 Bill Camp is marvelously reptilian as a Brooklyn mafioso who lures them into an uneasy cross-borough alliance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 Bill Camp is marvelously reptilian as a Brooklyn mafioso who lures them into an uneasy cross-borough alliance. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 7 Aug. 2019 McDonald’s put up posters with the slogan ‘‘Fuer echte Mampfiosi,’’ or ‘‘for real Mampfiosi’’ — the latter apparently a play on the German ‘‘Mampf,’’ meaning ‘‘chow,’’ and mafiosi. BostonGlobe.com, "Coca-Cola stock boosted by sales of less sugary drinks," 25 July 2019 While appearing to be ‘revolutionary brethren in arms’, Maduro grants them certain powers and criminal territories to run as great mafiosi do. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Here's why Venezuelan leader Maduro won't push his old rival out of the regime," 22 June 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mafioso

: a member of the Mafia

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