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

  • n. An assistant to a chief, especially in a crime syndicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An assistant to the boss of a crime family

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

  • n. an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)


under- +‎ boss, calque of the Italian sotto capo (Wiktionary)



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