Origin of zaibatsuJapanese ; from Sino-Japanese zai, wealth + batsu, family
nounpl. zaibatsu zaibatsu
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)
From Japanese è²¡é–¥ (ã–ã„ã°ã¤ zaibatsu), coined from Middle Chinese è²¡ (dÍ¡zoj "wealth") + é–¥ (bjot "powerful family") (compare Korean chaebol, Mandarin cÃ¡ifÃ¡).