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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Ma·fia /ˈmɑfiə, ˈmæ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Maf·fi·a Ma·fi·a, n.
 1. A secret society which organized in Sicily as a political organization, but is now widespread among Italians, and is used to further or protect private interests, reputedly by illegal methods; called also the Sicilian Mafia. [wns=2]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Maf·i·a Ma·fi·o·so, n. see maffia, maffioso.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in
           families; believed to have important relations to the
           Sicilian Mafia [syn: Maffia, Cosa Nostra]
      2: a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed
         tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the
         middle of the 19th century [syn: Maffia, Sicilian Mafia]
      3: any tightly knit group of trusted associates [syn: maffia]