zaibatsu

zaibatsu

[zahy-bah-tsoo]
noun, plural zaibatsu.
a great industrial or financial combination of Japan.

Origin:
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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zaibatsu (ˈzaɪbætˈsuː)
 
n
(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]

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