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.

Origin of mafioso

1870–75; < Italian, equivalent to Mafi(a) Mafia + -oso < Latin -ōsus (see -ous) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mafiosi

Historical Examples of mafiosi

  • The ancestors of the mafiosi used to call themselves Cristiani—that is Men in the sense of men of courage and silence.


    Henry Festing Jones

British Dictionary definitions for mafiosi


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