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(go͝om′bä, go͞om′-)
n. Slang
A companion or associate, especially an older friend who acts as a patron, protector, or adviser.

[From Neapolitan cumpà, friend (with initial c regularly voiced to g after vowels within a sentence), from earlier, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater; see compadre.]
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a patron or mentora macho Italian-American
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