from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Neapolitan secret society organized about 1820, notorious for practicing violence and blackmail.
- n. An unscrupulous, clandestine group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The secret crime organization from Naples, Italy -- equivalent to the Mafia of Sicily.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A secret organization formed at Naples, Italy, early in the 19th century, and used partly for political ends and partly for practicing extortion, violence, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secret organization formed in the kingdom of Naples under the Bourbon government, first publicly known about 1820, partly political and partly of the nature of a standing vigilance committee, which exercised great power at times among the lower classes, settling disputes and acting as referee, punishing real or imaginary crimes, and exacting payment for all such services.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a secret society in Naples notorious for violence and blackmail
Italian, perhaps from camorra, a kind of smock, said to have been worn by members of the society.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)