Other Word Forms of Chaebol
Origin of Chaebol
Korean chaebeol (formed on the model of Japanese zaibatsu zaibatsu, by using the Korean pronunciation of the two Chinese characters with which the Japanese word is written) chae wealth (from Early Middle Chinese dzəj zaibatsu) beol powerful family (from Early Middle Chinese buat zaibatsu)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Late 20th century, from Korean 재벌 (jae-beol, “財閥, jaebeol")
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