Cosa Nostra


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

Cosa Nostra

secret organization akin to the Mafia; operates in the U.S. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
References in periodicals archive ?
Two dozen mobsters, including top Cosa Nostra bosses, have been convicted of a series of 1993 car bombings which claimed ten lives and damaged the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, two churches in Rome and an art gallery in Milan.
The Daily Telegraph reported that investigators in Italy suspect that organized crime groups like the Cosa Nostra in Sicilia and 'Ndrangheta in Calabria have laundered dirty money through renewable energy projects, while taking advantage of large subsidiaries provided by the European Union.
FEBRUARY 2006: Supergrass Mannoia tells court he was told twice Calvi had been murdered on Cosa Nostra orders.
As the bank collapsed, the seismic shock was felt not only by the Vatican but also by the Mafia - or more dangerously, the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.
The interior ministry described Roncadore as a "leading figure" of Sicilian Cosa Nostra.
Investigators believe Lo Piccolo could have emerged as the Mafia's new overall head after Bernardo Provenzano, the reputed number one of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, was held in Corleone last year.
MORE than 80 suspected mafia mobsters were arrested yesterday in one of the biggest Cosa Nostra crackdowns in history.
He says Chinese businesses in Sicily are still forced to pay the "pizzo" extortion money to the Cosa Nostra rather than Chinese organised crime.
Cosa Nostra Italian Restaurant in Crawcrook has been sold to local restaurateur Paul Choudhory, who owns the Silver Giraffe Restaurant in nearby Ryton, amongst others.
At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the Government's evidence would have proven that SCIBELLI was the leading member of the Springfield branch of the Genovese Family of La Cosa Nostra, which ran an illegal gambling and loansharking business in the Springfield area.
Good publicity in the fight against our local Cosa Nostra lookalikes maybe, but not so hot when you learn that the Sicilian Mafia has thrived for a thousand years.
Not a bad metaphor for the absurdities of modern office politics, and a wildly funny bit of tag-team acting by two members of the young Latino theater troupe known as Cosa Nostra Productions.