Definition of Mafioso in English:

Mafioso

(also mafioso)

noun

  • A member of the Mafia.

    • ‘Today, however, many senior Mafiosi in Italy and America have turned the state's evidence against the organisation.’
    • ‘Being the first non-Italian Mafioso was a very attractive position; it would bring him the power and respect he had wanted since he was a teenager.’
    • ‘Brought up in a household of Mafiosi, living on the tough streets of Los Angeles, I was no fool about the violence other people do to each other.’
    • ‘As he knew himself, however, his father's own status as a Mafioso protected him from reprisals.’
    • ‘Hess also maintained that self-help promoted by self interest amongst individual Mafioso could often be mistaken for organizational solidarity.’
    hoodlum, racketeer, bandit, robber, ruffian, thug, tough, desperado, outlaw, villain, lawbreaker, criminal
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Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

Mafioso

/mäfēˈōsō/