Cosa Nostra

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Co·sa Nos·tra

 (kō′sə nō′strə)
The Mafia operating in the United States.

[Italian, our concern : cosa, thing, affair + nostra, feminine of nostro, our.]

Cosa Nostra

(ˈkəʊsə ˈnɒstrə)
(Law) the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US
[Italian, literally: our thing]

Co•sa Nos•tra

(ˈkoʊ zə ˈnoʊs trə)
a secret organization allegedly engaged in organized crime in the U.S. and modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
[1960–65; < Italian: literally, our affair]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cosa Nostra - a crime syndicate in the United StatesCosa Nostra - a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
omerta - a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities
crime syndicate, syndicate, mob, family - a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
mafioso - a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States
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La police new-yorkaise a arrete vendredi neuf membres presumes de la mafia, y compris le patron de l'une des cinq grandes familles locales de Cosa Nostra et sa hierarchie, selon un communique du procureur federal de Manhattan.
Salvatore "Toto" Riina, known as the boss of bosses, was serving 26 life sentences and is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders during his rule over the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.
He was the mastermind of a strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement officers who were trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra group.
The whisper is that Carmen "The Cheeseman" Dinunzio may be officially named as the new boss of the Cosa Nostra family after the death of Peter Limone recently.
The book focuses on the main branches of the Italian mafia -- Sicily's feudally allegiant Cosa Nostra, the complex 'Ndrangheta of Calabria, and the flamboyant and colorful Neapolitan Camorra -- with their collective involvement in drugs, prostitution, extortion, and various forms of commerce.
On his release he was recruited back into the Cosa Nostra by Sicilian godfather Bernardo Provenzano.
The Little Wagons: The Traumatic Birth of Sicily's Cosa Nostra" is a fictional novel in which author Crozier Green deftly captures the turmoil of late nineteenth-century Sicily, when the reverse alchemy of greed and violence forever changed the emerging Cosa Nostra from benevolent organization dedicated to protecting the popular from foreign invasion and oppression, into corrupted Mafia that enriched its members through extortion, murder, and all manner of crime.
Last week The Times reported on an anti-corruption agent being ambushed by gun-wielding members of the Cosa Nostra.
ROMA (CyHAN)- Italian police have arrested six members of Sicily's notorious Cosa Nostra mafia on Friday, after uncovering a plot to assassinate Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.
Italian police arrested six members of Sicily's Cosa Nostra mafia on Friday as part of an inquiry that uncovered a threat of violence against Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.
He cut his teeth on Mediaset's provocative muckraking show "Le Iene" (The Hyenas) before creating MTV Italia's hit investigative format "II Testimone" (The Witness), in which he delves into eclectic topics such as Italian bodybuilding culture, love hotels in Tokyo and people whose parents were killed by La Cosa Nostra.
La omerta, la ley del silencio, es regla de oro de las manas italianas: la Cosa Nostra, que opera en Sicilia; la Camorra, en la region de la Campania, y la 'Ndrangheta, en Calabria, al extremo sur de la peninsula.