A Japanese syndicate of organized criminals.
Origin of Yakuza
Japanese 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 jiǔ nine)) (ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan d-ku) (Tibetan dgu) za alteration of san three (from Middle Chinese sam) (also the source of Mandarin sān sampan)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Japanese, やくざ
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