1. [ noun ] (criminal law) a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
Synonyms: Sicilian_Mafia Maffia
Related terms: organized_crime mafioso
2. [ noun ] (criminal law) a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
Synonyms: Cosa_Nostra Maffia
Related terms: syndicate mafioso omerta
3. [ noun ] (informal) any tightly knit group of trusted associates
Synonyms: maffia
Related terms: clique colloquialism
Similar spelling:   maffia