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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yah-koo-zah]
    • /ˈyɑ kʊˌzɑ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yah-koo-zah]
    • /ˈyɑ kʊˌzɑ/

Definitions of yakuza word

  • noun plural yakuza any of various tightly knit Japanese criminal organizations having a ritualistic, strict code of honor. 1
  • noun plural yakuza such organizations collectively. 1
  • noun plural yakuza a member of such an organization; gangster. 1
  • noun yakuza A Japanese gangster or racketeer. 1
  • noun yakuza a member of this organization 0
  • noun yakuza a Japanese gangster 0

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Origin of yakuza

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
1960-65; < Japanese: racketeer, gambler, good-for-nothing, useless, from the name of a game in which the worst hand is of three cards marked ya eight, ku nine (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese jiǒu), and -za three (combining form of sa(n) < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese sān)

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Parts of speech for Yakuza


yakuza popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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