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English definition of “mafia”

mafia

noun [+ sing/pl verb]     /ˈmæf.i.ə/ US  /ˈmɑː.fi.ə/
the Mafia a criminal organization that began in Sicily and is active in Italy and the USNamed organizations and societies and their members [C] a close group of people who are involved in similar activities and who help and protect each other, sometimes to the disadvantage of others Groups of peopleFriends, acquaintances and contemporaries
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