(used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
(used as a Japanese battle cry.)
leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal: a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.
- banzai , bonsai
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How to use banzai in a sentence
Forward went the line, until every man had been smitten down, and the last brave throat had shouted its last shrill "banzai!"Peeps at Many Lands: Japan | John Finnemore
Our long-drawn, serpent-like regiment, sent off with the hearty and sincere banzai of the people, began to move on step by step.
banzai was shouted two or three times; joy and congratulation resounded on the heights of Kenzan, which was now virtually ours.
I have been carrying this bottle in my belt since yesterday, to drink a banzai in the enemys position.
The imperial colors waved high above our new camp, and the banzai of rejoicing arose like surges of the sea!
British Dictionary definitions for banzai
a patriotic cheer, battle cry, or salutation
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