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Mafia British & World English

An organized international body of criminals, operating originally in Sicily and now especially in Italy and the US and having a complex and ruthless behavioural code

Mafia New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

international criminal body

mafia New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

group exerting sinister influence

the Mafia in Mafia British & World English

An organized international body of criminals, operating originally in Sicily and now especially in Italy and the US and having a complex and ruthless behavioural code

mafia in Mafia British & World English

Any organized group of criminals resembling the Mafia in its way of operating