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Cosa Nostra

[koh-zuh nohs-truh] /ˈkoʊ zə ˈnoʊs trə/
noun
1.
a secret association engaged in organized crime in the U.S., modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < Italian: literally, our affair
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Cosa Nostra

/ˈkəʊsə ˈnɒstrə/
noun
1.
the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US
Word Origin
Italian, literally: our thing
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Word Origin and History for Cosa Nostra

cosa nostra

1963, "the Mafia in America," from Italian, literally "this thing of ours."

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