- a great industrial or financial combination of Japan.
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 fá)
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- (functioning as singular or plural) the group or combine comprising a few wealthy families that controls industry, business, and finance in Japan
from Japanese, from zai wealth, from Chinese ts'ai + batsu family, person of influence, from Chinese fa
Word Origin and History for zaibatsu
1937, from Japanese zaibatsu, from zai "wealth" + batzu "clique."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper