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yakuza

Syllabification: ya·ku·za
Pronunciation: /yäˈko͞ozə, ˈyäko͝oˌzä
 
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Definition of yakuza in English:

noun (plural same)

1A Japanese gangster or racketeer.
Example sentences
  • In another, an ageing yakuza gangster returns to a park where he used to meet his first love.
  • Moon Child is a low budget Japanese yakuza vampire sci-fi action drama.
  • So it was perhaps inevitable that he should have turned to playing a gangster - a yakuza - in his fourth film.
1.1A Japanese organized crime syndicate similar to the Mafia.
Example sentences
  • Various kinds of people came to stay there, including members of the yakuza, and given that fact, I thought it would be foolish not to learn some kind of martial art.
  • Japanese yakuza kingpin Akatora wants him because he thinks Dinosaur took his merchandise.
  • Namie introduced her to the seedy underworld, but not the yakuza one, that being a rich teenager in Tokyo had to offer.

Origin

Japanese, from ya 'eight' + ku 'nine' + za 'three', referring to the worst hand in a gambling game.

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