Definition of "yakuza" [yakuza]

  • A loose alliance of Japanese criminal organizations and illegal enterprises. (noun)
  • A Japanese gangster. (noun)

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Use "yakuza" in a sentence
  • "The word yakuza itself comes from a losing hand in gambling. 893 ya-ku-za."
  • "They were called yakuza, he knew, “yaks” for short."
  • "The dark, hedonistic world of the yakuza is the focus, though this story is about the illegal sex trade, a malefic home for unwanted Chinese girls, not a black market for fish."