Definitions for cosa nostraˈkoʊ zə ˈnoʊs trə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Co•sa Nos•traˈkoʊ zə ˈnoʊs trə(n.)
a secret organization allegedly engaged in organized crime in the U.S. and modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
Origin of Cosa Nostra:
1960–65; < It: lit., our affair
Mafia, Maffia, Cosa Nostra(noun)
a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
The Sicilian Mafia is a criminal syndicate in Sicily, Italy. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct, and whose common enterprise is protection racketeering. Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory, usually a town or village or a neighbourhood of a larger city, in which it operates its rackets. Its members call themselves "men of honour", although the public often refers to them as "mafiosi". The American Mafia arose from offshoots of the Mafia that emerged in the United States during the late nineteenth century, following waves of emigration from Italy. There were similar offshoots in Canada among Italian Canadians. The same has been claimed of organised crime among Italians in Australia.
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