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yakuza

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noun, ya·ku·za \ˈyä-ku̇-ˌzä\

Definition of yakuza

plural yakuza

  1. 1 :  a Japanese gangster

  2. 2 :  an organized crime syndicate in Japan



Origin of yakuza

Japanese, ruffian, gangster


First Known Use: 1964


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