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- n. A crime syndicate.
- n. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
- n. An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.
See Mafia. The sense "entity which attempts to control a specified arena" makes an analogy to crime-syndicate mafias' attempts to control certain kinds of business in the regions in which they exist. (Wiktionary)