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mafia

mafia(
mah
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fyah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (criminal organization)
a. mafia
La mafia utilizaba restoranes como pantalla para el lavado de dinero.The mafia used restaurants as a cover for money laundering.
b. mob
La mafia italiana tiene un par de topos en la policía.The Italian mob has a couple of moles in the police.
2. (group of people)
a. clique
En la empresa hay una mafia de gerentes que decide quién recibe un ascenso y quién no.There's a clique of managers in the company that decides who gets a promotion and who doesn't.
b. mafia
Los miembros más antiguos del cuerpo docente son una mafia; solo se preocupan de su bienestar.The old members of the faculty are a mafia; they only look after themselves.
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mafia
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. mafia
la Mafiathe Mafia, the Mob
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mafia
la Mafia the Mafia; ese departamento es una mafia that department is very cliquey (familiar) o is a bit of a mafia
Alfredo Kraus protesta porque José Carreras le ha dejado fuera del acto inaugural de los Juegos Olímpicos y, ya puesto a hablar, dice que los cantantes no debieran contratar a otros cantantes -menos aún si es por cuenta del Estado # y denuncia la existencia en España de tres # mafias" operísticas: una en Barcelona,otra en Sevilla, y otra en Madrid
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