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From Italian. Perhaps from Italian mafia ‎(spirit of hostility to the law) or from Sicilian mafia ‎(boldness, bravado). See the Wikipedia article for more discussion of the origin of the word.


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the Mafia

  1. (specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
  2. (by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; often with a modifying adjective, such as a nationality.
    Somehow he managed to upset the Russian Mafia.
  3. A party game modelling a conflict between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the innocents). Each player is secretly assigned a role within one of these teams, and the innocents attempt to identify the mafia members before they are all "murdered".
  4. Alternative letter-case form of mafia (an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).


  • (organization of Sicilian origin): Cosa Nostra, mob
  • (any organized crime syndicate): mob

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From Italian mafia.


Mafia f ‎(genitive Mafia, plural Mafias)

  1. Mafia

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