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

Examples of mafioso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bill Clinton had to apologize in 1992 for his remarks, captured on a secret recording by Gennifer Flowers, that Mario Cuomo often acted like a mafioso. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 Bill Burr is Don, a returning mafioso, back from prison. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Bill Burr hosts, with replacement musical guest Jack White," 11 Oct. 2020 Once the mafioso is dead, Oraetta uses her mouth to remove a ring from his cold dead hand, and places it on her own finger. Nick Schager,, "Fargo premiere recap: History is written by the victors," 28 Sep. 2020 But under looming deadlines, when reporters and editors delayed in finishing stories, Ms. Ferguson-Rohrer was known for firing off intra-office missives that were caustic and sometimes profane, with a certain mafioso persuasiveness. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Anne Ferguson-Rohrer, Washington Post editor and ‘traffic cop’ of news flow, dies at 58," 18 Aug. 2020 Its portrayal of the LAPD is a sordid one, in which the police have become a mafioso-like organization willing to do anything for the highest bidder. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Conundrum of a New Perry Mason," 25 June 2020 While De Niro has a somewhat rough time shifting between macho mafioso and weepy sentimentalist, Crystal is more consistent as feisty Ben. David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Analyze This': THR's 1999 Review," 5 Mar. 2020 Haldwell's student life is predicated upon the coexistence of these quasi-mafioso families. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime this weekend," 17 Apr. 2020 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

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Mafioso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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: a member of the Mafia

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