Definition of yakuza in English:

yakuza

Line breaks: ya¦kuza
Pronunciation: /jəˈkuːzə
 
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noun (plural same)

(the Yakuza)
  • 1A powerful Japanese criminal organization.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A member of the Yakuza; a Japanese gangster or racketeer: 100,000 yakuza in Japan rake in some $10 billion a year
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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