yakuza: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (yä'koo-zä"), [key]
— pl. -za.
  1. any of various tightly knit Japanese criminal organizations having a ritualistic, strict code of honor.
  2. such organizations collectively.
  3. a member of such an organization; gangster.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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