- a Japanese gangster
- a Japanese syndicate () of organized criminals
Origin of yakuzaJapanese
- A loose alliance of Japanese criminal organizations and illegal enterprises.
- A Japanese gangster.
Origin of yakuzaJapanese yakuza, card hand consisting of eight, nine, and three (the worst possible hand in a traditional Japanese card game in which a player's final score is the last digit of the sum of the values of the player's hand), good-for-nothing, yakuza : ya, eight (from Old Japanese) + ku, nine (from Early Middle Chinese kuw’ (also the source of Mandarin ji&ucaron;, nine), ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *d-ku; akin to Tibetan dgu) + za, alteration of san, three (from Middle Chinese sam; also the source of Mandarin san; see sampan).
- A Japanese organized crime gang
- A member of a Japanese organized crime gang
From Japanese, ã‚„ãã–