nounpl. zaibatsu zaibatsu
A Japanese conglomerate, especially a powerful family-controlled monopoly before World War II.
Origin of zaibatsuJapanese : zai, wealth (from Early Middle Chinese dz&schwa;j; also the source of Mandarin cái) + batsu, powerful person or family (from Early Middle Chinese buat; also the source of Mandarin fá).
(plural zaibatsus or zaibatsu)
Variant of zaibatsu