noun, plural ya·ku·za.
Origin of yakuza
Examples from the Web for yakuza
The Japanese judges have established that yakuza bosses have “employer liability” for the actions of their subordinates.
The yakuza were traditionally federations of gamblers (bakuto) and street merchants (tekiya).
Japanese law enforcement uses all the laws available to crack down on the yakuza.
According to the National Police Agency, yakuza membership peaked in 1963, at approximately 184,100 members.
noun plural -kuza
Word Origin for yakuza
traditional Japanese organized crime cartel, literally "eight-nine-three" (ya, ku, sa) the losing hand in the traditional baccarat-like Japanese card game Oicho-Kabu. The notion may be "good for nothing," or "bad luck" (such as that suffered by someone who runs afoul of them), or it may be a reference to the fact that a player who draws this hand requires great skill to win.