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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.]
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Cosa Nostra(ˈkəʊsə ˈnɒstrə)
(Law) the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US
[Italian, literally: our thing]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||Cosa 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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