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[mah-fee-oh-soh] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ soʊ/
noun, plural mafiosi
[mah-fee-oh-see] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ si/ (Show IPA),
mafiosos. (sometimes initial capital letter)
a member of a Mafia or of a mafia.
Origin of mafioso
1870-75; < Italian, equivalent to Mafi(a) Mafia + -oso < Latin -ōsus (see -ous) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ancestors of the mafiosi used to call themselves Cristiani—that is Men in the sense of men of courage and silence.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
British Dictionary definitions for mafiosi


/ˌmæfɪˈəʊsəʊ; Italian mafiˈoso/
noun (pl) -sos, -si (Italian) (-si)
a person belonging to the Mafia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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