- a secret association engaged in organized crime in the U.S., modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
Origin of Cosa Nostra
1960–65; < Italian: literally, our affair
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- the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US
Word Origin for Cosa Nostra
Italian, literally: our thing
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1963, "the Mafia in America," from Italian, literally "this thing of ours."
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