Cosa Nostra

Cosa Nostra

[koh-zuh nohs-truh]
noun
a secret association engaged in organized crime in the U.S., modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.

Origin:
1960–65; < Italian: literally, our affair

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Cosa Nostra (ˈkəʊsə ˈnɒstrə)
 
n
the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US
 
[Italian, literally: our thing]

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cosa nostra
1963, "the Mafia in America," from It., lit. "this thing of ours."
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