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noun, plural zai·ba·tsu.
  1. a great industrial or financial combination of Japan.
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Origin of zaibatsu

1935–40; < Japanese, equivalent to zai wealth (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese cái) + batsu, derivative of bat clique (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese )
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British Dictionary definitions for zaibatsu


  1. (functioning as singular or plural) the group or combine comprising a few wealthy families that controls industry, business, and finance in Japan
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Word Origin

from Japanese, from zai wealth, from Chinese ts'ai + batsu family, person of influence, from Chinese fa
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Word Origin and History for zaibatsu

1937, from Japanese zaibatsu, from zai "wealth" + batzu "clique."

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