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borgata1

noun

an organized branch of the Mafia; a Mafia family

Examples

They were almost taken out by a rival borgata.

Word Origin

Italian 'village'

Usage Note

pl. borgatas, borgate

borgata2

noun

in Italy, a slum or poor district; also called brugad

Examples

Look at the dreary buildings of the borgata.

Word Origin

Italian 'village'

Usage Note

pl. borgatas, borgate

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