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banzai

[ bahn-zahy, bahn-; Japanese bahn-dzah-ee ]
/ bɑnˈzaɪ, ˈbɑn-; Japanese ˈbɑnˈdzɑ i /
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interjection

(used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
(used as a Japanese battle cry.)

adjective

leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal: a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.

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Origin of banzai

1890–95; <Japanese, equivalent to ban ten thousand + -zai, combining form of sai years of age (<Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese wàn-suì,Korean manse)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH banzai

banzai , bonsai
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British Dictionary definitions for banzai

banzai
/ (ˈbɑːnzaɪ, bɑːnˈzaɪ) /

interjection

a patriotic cheer, battle cry, or salutation

Word Origin for banzai

Japanese: literally, (may you live for) ten thousand years
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