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Meaning of "yakuza" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD YAKUZA

From Japanese ya eight + ku nine + za three, the worst hand in a game of cards.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF YAKUZA

yakuza  [jəˈkuːzə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF YAKUZA

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Yakuza is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES YAKUZA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Yakuza

Yakuza, also known as gokudō, are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan, while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai". The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and very organized nature. They have a large presence in the Japanese media and operate internationally with an estimated 103,000 members.

Definition of yakuza in the English dictionary

The definition of yakuza in the dictionary is a member of this organization.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH YAKUZA


abuser
əbˈjuːzə
accuser
əˈkjuːzə
amuser
əmˈjuːzə
boozer
ˈbuːzə
bruiser
ˈbruːzə
chooser
ˈtʃuːzə
cruiser
ˈkruːzə
diffuser
dɪˈfjuːzə
excuser
ɪksˈkjuːzə
infuser
ɪnˈfjuːzə
Lampedusa
ˌlæmpɪˈdjuːzə
lollapalooza
ˌlɒləpəˈluːzə
loser
ˈluːzə
Marcuse
mɑːˈkuːzə
medusa
mɪˈdjuːzə
medusan
mɪˈdjuːzə
refuser
rɪˈfjuːzə
Sousa
ˈsuːzə
Susah
ˈsuːzə
user
ˈjuːzə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE YAKUZA

yak
yakety-yak
yakhdan
yakimono
yakitori
yakka
yakked
yakker
yakking
yakow
Yakut
Yakut Republic
Yakutia
Yakutsk
Yakuza boss
yald
yale

WORDS THAT END LIKE YAKUZA

altezza
Fortaleza
forza
Gaza
Ibiza
influenza
kwanza
Mendoza
Monza
organza
piazza
pizza
plaza
Puebla de Zaragoza
senza
the yakuza
tristeza
Vicenza
za
Zaragoza

Synonyms and antonyms of yakuza in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «yakuza» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF YAKUZA

Find out the translation of yakuza to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of yakuza from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «yakuza» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

黑帮
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

yakuza
570 millions of speakers

English

yakuza
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Yakuza
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ياكوزا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

якудза
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

yakuza
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

Yakuza
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

yakuza
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Yakuza
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Yakuza
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ヤクザ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

야쿠자
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Yakuza
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

yakuza
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

என்பதில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

यकुझा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yakuza
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

yakuza
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

yakuza
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

якудза
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

yakuza
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

yakuza
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

yakuza
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

yakuza
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

yakuza
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of yakuza

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «YAKUZA»

The term «yakuza» is quite widely used and occupies the 31.637 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «YAKUZA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about yakuza

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «YAKUZA»

Discover the use of yakuza in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to yakuza and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld
Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Yakuza is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia.
David E. Kaplan, Alec Dubro, 2012
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Confessions of a Yakuza: A Life in Japan's Underworld
This is the true story, as told to the doctor who looked after him just before he died, of the life of one of the last traditional yakuza in Japan.
Junichi Saga, 2013
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Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter
"Emotionally complex and thoroughly heart-rending, this book is recommended for anyone searching for a more thorough and personal understanding of Japanese society.Publishers Weekly "The first female ever to break the code of silence and ...
Shoko Tendo, 2012
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The Japanese Mafia: Yakuza, Law, and the State
Based on extensive Japanese language source material and interviews with criminals, police officers, lawyers, journalists, and scholars, this is the first English language academic monography to analyse Japan's criminal syndicates.Peter ...
Peter B. E. Hill, 2006
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Yakuza Pride
When yakuza underboss Shigure Matsunaga meets Kenneth Harris at a boring social event, he’s surprised to find himself attracted to the blond gaijin with the mismatched eyes.
H.J. Brues, 2011
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Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists: The Violent Politics of ...
Additionally, crime has been more political. Throughout the book, Siniawer makes clear that certain yakuza groups were ideological in nature, contrary to the common understanding of organized crime as nonideological.
Eiko Maruko Siniawer, 2008
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Yakuza in Love
Aoi Ichimura is a member of the Yakuza family known as The Hanagumi ("The Flower Clan"). Aoi has a reputation as a tough macho-man with guts to spare, but in reality he's just a timid guy with incredibly good luck.
‎2008
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Yakuza Diary: Doing Time in the Japanese Underworld
In Yakuza Diary, Christopher Seymour infiltrates yakuza society, presenting in vivid and often hilarious detail outrageous characters from a world that until now has remained modern Japan's dirty little secret.
Christopher Seymour, 1996
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Wreckless, the Yakuza missions: official strategy guide
"Wreckless" features coverage of all high-speed missions, including the new missions. Shortcuts help players find the best path through the city, along with extremely detailed city maps.
Tim Bogenn, 2002
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Yakuza, Go Home!: A Mark Shigata Mystery
When a Japanese crime lord begins a reign of terror in Bayport, Texas, chief of police Mark Shigata must fight to protect his own family and come to terms with a Japanese tradition he does not share
Anne Wingate, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «YAKUZA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term yakuza is used in the context of the following news items.
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SEGA welcomes you to the world of Yakuza 5 in this developer video
In the video, general director of the Yakuza series Toshihiro Nagoshi and Yakuza 5 producer Masayoshi Yokoyama discuss the game's theme, scope, and also ... «VG247, Jun 15»
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Yakuza group Kodo-kai blacklisted by U.S. Treasury
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury has slapped sanctions on Kodo-kai, calling the group the most violent arm of Japan's powerful Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza ... «The Japan Times, Apr 15»
3
'Yakuza 4' Coming To PS3 Via PlayStation Plus In February, Sony …
Six new games are coming to subscription-based PlayStation Plus in February, but social media is abuzz over Sega game “Yakuza 4” reaching the service, ... «International Business Times, Jan 15»
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'Everly' Trailer: Salma Hayek Fights Off an Army of Yakuza
Plenty of great movies have been set in one location, but Joe Lynch's upcoming bloody action flick Everly looks rather less cerebral than 12 Angry Men. Salma ... «Screen Rant, Dec 14»
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Yakuza 5 is finally coming to the west in 2015
Just when all hope seemed lost for Western fans of virtual hostess bars, full-back tattoos, and street fights, Sega made the long-awaited announcement: Yakuza ... «GamesRadar, Dec 14»
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Actor Ken Takakura, master of the yakuza role, dies aged 83
It was in yakuza films that Takakura made his name in the 1960s, making as many as 10 films a year in a style known as ninkyo eiga, so-called “chivalric films” in ... «The Guardian, Nov 14»
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Here's the Yakuza Zero Trailer in English
Sega has made no announcement for an international release of their latest Yakuza game, but that didn't stop us from translating and putting English subtitles to ... «Kotaku, Oct 14»
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Police arrest Satoru Nomura leader of Japan's 'yakuza syndicate'
An army of riot police dramatically surrounded a luxury mansion belonging to the leader of Japan's 'most violent yakuza syndicate' over allegations he killed an ... «Daily Mail, Sep 14»
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SEGA Unveils New Yakuza Title - IGN
By Jenna PitcherYakuza Zero: Chikai no Basho aka Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath, is the next installment in the Yakuza franchise, SEGA announced during a ... «IGN, Aug 14»
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Japanese gangsters Yakuza create THEME TUNE and website for …
Japan's biggest Yakuza gang have launched their own website and theme tune in a bid to increase memberships. Numbers have apparently been in decline in ... «Mirror.co.uk, Apr 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Yakuza [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/yakuza>. Jun 2022 ».
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