[ zahy-bah-tsoo ]
/ ˈzaɪ bɑˈtsu /
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noun, plural zai·ba·tsu.
a large industrial or financial conglomerate of Japan.
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Origin of zaibatsu
First recorded in 1935–40; from Japanese, equivalent to zai “wealth,” (from Middle Chinese dzoi, Mandarin Chinese cái ) + batsu “powerful clique” (from Middle Chinese bjot “powerful family,” Mandarin Chinese fá ); cf. chaebol
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British Dictionary definitions for zaibatsu
/ (ˈzaɪbætˈsuː) /
(functioning as singular or plural) the group or combine comprising a few wealthy families that controls industry, business, and finance in Japan
Word Origin for zaibatsu
from Japanese, from zai wealth, from Chinese ts'ai + batsu family, person of influence, from Chinese fa
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