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Cosa Nostra

[ koh-zuh -nohs-truh ]
/ ˈkoʊ zə ˈnoʊs trə /
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noun
a secret association engaged in organized crime in the U.S., modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
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Origin of Cosa Nostra

1960–65; <Italian: literally, our affair

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British Dictionary definitions for Cosa Nostra

Cosa Nostra
/ (ˈkəʊsə ˈnɒstrə) /

noun
the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US

Word Origin for Cosa Nostra

Italian, literally: our thing
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