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ya·ku·za

 (yä′ko͝o-zä′)
n. pl. yakuza
1. A loose alliance of Japanese criminal organizations and illegal enterprises.
2. A Japanese gangster.

[Japanese yakuza, card hand consisting of eight, nine, and three (the worst possible hand in a traditional Japanese card game in which a player's final score is the last digit of the sum of the values of the player's hand), good-for-nothing, yakuza : ya, eight (from Old Japanese) + ku, nine (from Early Middle Chinese kuw' (also the source of Mandarin jiǔ, nine), ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *d-ku; akin to Tibetan dgu) + za, alteration of san, three (from Middle Chinese sam; also the source of Mandarin sān; see sampan).]
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yakuza

(jəˈkuːzə)
n, pl -kuza
1. (Law) the yakuza a Japanese criminal organization involved in illegal gambling, extortion, gun-running, etc
2. (Law) a member of this organization
[C20: from Japanese ya eight + ku nine + za three, the worst hand in a game of cards]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yakuza - a Japanese gangster
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
gangster, mobster - a criminal who is a member of gang
2.yakuza - organized crime in Japan; an alliance of criminal organizations and illegal enterprises
gangdom, gangland, organized crime - underworld organizations
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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Yakuza

[jəˈkuːzə] N the Yakuzalos yakuzas
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Yakuza

plYakuza pl, Mitglieder einer geheimen japanischen Verbrecherorganisation
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References in periodicals archive ?
The maglev train travels 8.9 kilometers, shuttling between Fujigaoka Station in Nagoya and Bampaku Yakusa Station in Toyota City.
In Japan she was sold to the Yakusa [organised crime] and forced to work without pay.
The report by Leal (30) suggests, for example, that international criminal organizations like the Russian Mafia, the Italian Camorra and the Japanese Yakusa may be involved in the trafficking of women (along with other illicit activities) in Brazil and Latin America.
On the other hand, even Tarantino's eclectic and exaggerated methods--his yakusa romanticism, implausible fight scenes, and melodramatic sword fetish--have their own logic and reality.
On reconnait egalement des techniques de mobilisation qui s'inscrivent dans cette tradition : la mise en place de distribution de repas prepares avec la participation des sans-abri, l'engagement de militants qui decident de vivre a la rue, aux cotes des sansabris ; mais aussi les rapports conflictuels avec les gangs de yakusa qui vont jusqu'a organiser des contre-mobilisations, l'organisation reticulaire de ce nouveau mouvement qui, des l'origine, peut s'appuyer sur le reseau preexistant des syndicats de travailleurs journaliers ou la cooperation des differentes factions de la gauche radicale (Malinas 2011).
The Japanese Yakusa that controls diverse illicit markets in Japan does not tend to act with the violence and brutality that use Mexican criminal groups.
En menos de tres minutos, tres tarjetas me hacen invitaciones magicas, higienicas y sexuales: el Cacique Kamakum me garantiza su trabajo en el amor; el Centro Odontologico La Playa unos dientes relucientes; y Yakusa Club un encuentro furtivo de pasion.
International finance is also interesting the yakusa. The famous Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun recently reported that a score of Japanese financial groups were providing around 8m[pounds] loan financing to the yakusa per annum, against the gangs' large amount of real estate property.
All I know is the Yakusa don't know their ah-so's from their elbows when it comes to gunplay.
Some 60 passengers were lined up at Bampaku Yakusa station to take the first train departing at 5:30 a.m.
He would be likely to be unemployed, or working in a low paid job, maybe on a piece-rate controlled by the yakusa (Japanese mafia).