Definition of zaibatsu in English:


Syllabification: zai·ba·tsu
Pronunciation: /zīˈbätˌso͞o, -ˈbat-

noun (plural same)

  • A large Japanese business conglomerate.
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    • Among many things the South Koreans have emulated, the institution of the Japanese zaibatsu conglomerates is probably one of the most important.
    • Japanese workers, in contrast to the zaibatsu, were in no position to wait out the crisis.
    • In that period, the four zaibatsu conglomerates tripled their total assets.


Japanese, from zai 'wealth' + batsu 'clique'.

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