[ je-buhl ]
/ ˈdʒɛ bəl /
Save This Word!
noun, plural chae·bol, chae·bols.
a South Korean conglomerate, usually owned by a single family, based on authoritarian management and centralized decision-making.
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of chaebol
First recorded in 1970–75; from Korean chaebŏl, from chae “wealth, property” + pŏl “clique, faction,” formed from the Korean pronunciation of the two Middle Chinese characters whose Japanese pronunciation is “zaibatsu”; see origin at zaibatsu
Words nearby chaebol
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021
Example sentences from the Web for chaebol
Prosecutors argued that the length of the sentence is warranted because of Samsung’s power as the largest chaebol, or family-owned conglomerate, in South Korea.Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee faces nine-year sentence in bribery case|Catherine Shu|December 31, 2020|TechCrunch
British Dictionary definitions for chaebol
/ (ˈtʃeɪbɒl) /
a large, usually family-owned, business group in South Korea
Word Origin for chaebol
C20: from Korean, literally: money clan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012