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mafioso

[mah-fee-oh-soh]
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noun, plural ma·fi·o·si [mah-fee-oh-see] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ si/, ma·fi·o·sos. (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a member of a Mafia or of a mafia.
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Origin of mafioso

1870–75; < Italian, equivalent to Mafi(a) Mafia + -oso < Latin -ōsus (see -ous)
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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

mafioso

noun plural -sos or -si (Italian -si)
  1. a person belonging to the Mafia
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