Yakuza vs. Triad - What's the difference?

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  • Yakuza

    Yakuza (Japanese: ヤクザ, [jaꜜkɯza]), also known as gokudō (極道, "the extreme path", [gokɯdoː]), are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団, "violent groups", [boːɾʲokɯdaɴ]), while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体, "chivalrous organizations", [ɲiŋkʲoː daɴtai]). The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and their organized fiefdom-nature. They have a large presence in the Japanese media and operate internationally with an estimated 102,000 members.

Wiktionary

  • Yakuza (noun)

    A Japanese organized crime gang.

  • Yakuza (noun)

    A member of a Japanese organized crime gang.

  • Triad (noun)

    A grouping of three.

  • Triad (noun)

    A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.

  • Triad (noun)

    on a CRT display, a group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.

  • Triad (noun)

    A branch of a Chinese underground criminal society, mostly based in Hong Kong.

Webster Dictionary

  • Triad (noun)

    A union of three; three objects treated as one; a ternary; a trinity; as, a triad of deities.

  • Triad (noun)

    A chord of three notes.

  • Triad (noun)

    An element or radical whose valence is three.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Yakuza (noun)

    a Japanese gangster

  • Yakuza (noun)

    organized crime in Japan; an alliance of criminal organizations and illegal enterprises

  • Triad (noun)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

  • Triad (noun)

    a set of three similar things considered as a unit

  • Triad (noun)

    three people considered as a unit

  • Triad (noun)

    a 3-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones

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