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.)

  1. a secret organization allegedly engaged in organized crime in the U.S. and modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of Cosa Nostra:

1960–65; < It: lit., our affair

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mafia, Maffia, Cosa Nostra(noun)

    a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia


  1. 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". By 2004, its annual revenue had reached 30 billion euro, equivalent to one third of the 120 billion euro total annual revenue for Italian organized crime groups estimated by Confesercenti, one of the leading business associations in Italy. According to a 2003 estimate by Italian anti-mafia officials, the total combined assets of the all italian organized crime and three other Italian crime organizations totaled around $1 trillion. Ndrangheta earns around 55 billion euros, Cosa Nostra 30 billion euros and Camorra around 35-40 billion eur.


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