maffia maffia  /ˈmæ fi ə/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
  2. (n) a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
  3. (n) any tightly knit group of trusted associates

Usage(s):

  • They flocked around Andrea Finocchiaro-Aprile, energetic mouthpiece for Sicilian separatism, and nominal head of the maffia.

News

  • Lincoln student helps other students

    Lincoln Elementary School teacher Jolee Maffia said she was always pretty sure that Ethan Ontiveros, a 4-year-old student in her transitional kindergarten class, would be her choice for a Character Counts award, but there was one moment that clinched it.
    on October 26, 2013     Source: Visalia Times-Delta / Tulare Advance-Register

Quotes

  • "We bring somebody in every year to talk about gambling," said Miami coach Randy Shannon. "We had someone who was part of the maffia come in and talk about point shaving and gambling -- how they set you up and get you to that point where they...
    on Jul 28, 2007 By: Randy Shannon Source: The Ledger

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