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mafioso

[ mah-fee-oh-soh ]
/ ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ soʊ /
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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)

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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British Dictionary definitions for mafioso

mafioso
/ (ˌmæfɪˈəʊsəʊ, Italian mafiˈoso) /

noun plural -sos or -si (Italian -si)

a person belonging to the Mafia
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