Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Mafia operating in the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

Etymologies

Italian, our concern : cosa, thing, affair + nostra, feminine of nostro, our.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He told the tribunal under oath that the Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, controls a major section of Quebec's construction industry.

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  • While Sicily's Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, has been feeling the pinch from a steadily growing rebellion of island businessmen against extortion demands, that courage hasn't spread to the Naples area, Maruccia said.

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  • A man described as Cosa Nostra's No. 2 fugitive boss, identified as Giovanni Nicchi, is held by Italian police officers after his arrest in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, Saturday Dec. 5, 2009.

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  • And infortunately, in the last years the Wall Street Maffia is making more damage as the original Sicilian "Onorabile Societa" and US "Cosa Nostra" together.

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  • Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra secret society which is believed to have first developed in the mid-19th century in East Coast of the United States and in Australia

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  • Sicily's Cosa Nostra, the Camorra from Campania, the 'Ndragheta of Calabria and the lesser known Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia dominate the economic life of one third of Italy.

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  • (Come on Italy!) party with which Berlusconi burst onto the political scene in 1994 had previously had links with Cosa Nostra, the original Mafia.

    Silvio Berlusconi ally had no Mafia links after 1992, court rules

  • But the outcome will delight Berlusconi's other followers, who have long insisted he was put in the frame by Cosa Nostra because of the success of his governments in tackling organised crime.

    Silvio Berlusconi ally had no Mafia links after 1992, court rules

  • Dell'Utri's appeal was electrified six months ago when Gaspare Spatuzza, a jailed Cosa Nostra hitman, gave evidence that his "godfather", Giuseppi Graviano, had told him of an agreement forged with Berlusconi in the early 90s.

    Silvio Berlusconi ally had no Mafia links after 1992, court rules

  • Verdict effectively clears Italian prime minister over allegations his entry into politics was backed by Cosa Nostra

    Silvio Berlusconi ally had no Mafia links after 1992, court rules

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