gangland

[ gang-land, -luh nd ]
/ ˈgæŋˌlænd, -lənd /

noun

the world of organized crime; criminal underworld.

Nearby words

  1. gangbusters,
  2. ganger,
  3. ganges,
  4. ganges river,
  5. gangetic,
  6. gangle,
  7. ganglia,
  8. gangliate,
  9. gangliated,
  10. gangliated nerve

Origin of gangland

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; gang1 + land

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British Dictionary definitions for gangland

gangland

/ (ˈɡæŋˌlænd, -lənd) /

noun

the criminal underworld
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Word Origin and History for gangland

gangland

n.

1912, from gang (n.) + land (n.).

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