[ kuh-mawr-uh, -mor-uh; Italian kah-mawr-rah ]
/ kəˈmɔr ə, -ˈmɒr ə; Italian kɑˈmɔr rɑ /


a secret society of Naples, Italy, first publicly known about 1820, that developed into a powerful political organization and was later associated with blackmail, robbery, etc., until its destruction in 1911.
(lowercase) any similar society or group.

Origin of Camorra

1860–65; < Italian < Spanish: dispute, quarrel (of uncertain origin)

Related forms

Ca·mor·rism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for camorra


/ (kəˈmɒrə) /


a secret society organized in about 1820 in Naples, which thrives on blackmail and extortion
any similar clandestine group

Word Origin for Camorra

C19: from Italian, probably from Spanish: quarrel
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