from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A powerful family-controlled commercial combine of Japan.
- n. A Japanese conglomerate or cartel.
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- n. Japanese term for ‘money clique’ or conglomerate, and sometimes used in the United States to refer to any large corporation.
Japanese : zai, wealth (from Middle Chinese dzəj) + batsu, powerful person or family (from Middle Chinese buat).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 財閥 zaibatsu. (Wiktionary)