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

Definition of zaibatsu in English:

noun (plural same)

A large Japanese business conglomerate.
Example sentences
  • 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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